Kathleen Parker: Why do candidates treat South like a stereotype?

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  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    March 15, 2012 9:50 p.m.

    because the south treats the candidates like stereotypes

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    March 15, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    I do know how this writer feels.
    In our state the south is constantly embarrassing the rest of the state. You watch the news, and there is always some crazy redneck thing happening in southern Utah.
    Sometime I say to myself; why canÂt we move Provo into another state?
    Every year, the reps from southern Utah ,show up and try to pass another crazy law, for this or that, then they rest of us have to pay good money, to defend a crazy law they passed, which is unconstitutional.
    They even talk like people from the south; explain that to me
    Seriously, how can they live in Utah, but talk like someone from Mississippi? Where does the southern drawl come from?

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    March 15, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    Why is immitating their speech and coloquialism necessarily mocking them? My husband has Scottish and Irish ancestry and loves his celtic roots. When he goes to highland games or St. Patrick's Day events he just can't help breaking into his version of their brogue. There is no mocking in his intent at all. He wants to feel like he's one of them because he appreciates their culture and language.

    Many of us have at times tried to use a British accent or put a little Italian lilt to our speech. It isn't mockery to me. It is a form of flattery. Our son lives in SC and has picked up a bit of Southern drawl and we love it!

    Mitt may not be the best at immitating southern speech, but I think it's should be taken as a compliment that he is trying to fit in with people he values and enjoys, rather than taking offense.

  • Janet Ontario, OR
    March 15, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    This article says what IÂve thought for years, except I think she gives the Chamber of Commerce too much credit. IÂve lived in every region of the U.S., and the stereotypical characters always surface on their own, without invitation. They are drawn to publicity like moths to a flame.

    March 14, 2012 8:21 p.m.

    Ms Parker refers to the south as "The U.S. region that was invaded and conquered." I recall from history classes that the first shots were fired by South Carolina against the federal Fort Sumter. Didn't that have something to do with the invasion?

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 14, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    Virtually every white person in the South is a Republican, virtually every African-American is a Democrat. In 08, Obama got 12% of the white vote in Mississippi, in 04 John Kerry got 14%. Tribal loyalty appears to be much more important than any policy preferences.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    March 14, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    The best quote here is from the maven of rednecks - Jeff Foxworthy who said something akin to:

    "Southerners are among the smartest people on Earth. Our problem is that we just can't keep the most ignorant amongst us off the television."

    Are there stereotypical folks in the south? Sure. They exist in most places. But the southerners I have gotten to know are generally wonderful folks who are no more deficient in intelligence or reasoning than their counterparts anywhere else on the planet.

    BTW, remember that some folks use that dumb redneck thing to their advantage. Fall into believing they are just dumb country folks and they will end up eating your lunch.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 14, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    "Actually, yes, he might." Pretty funny!

    Your point is well taken, but the South works hard to live up to the stereotypes, in politics, culture, education and not moving on from the realities of history. I could go on all day about real examples of this. I've learned that stereotypes are based in reality.