common misconceptions about the south

@wmaharper (2316)
United States
December 29, 2006 10:14am CST
Hi, i'm from up north (U.S.) and i moved down south and was expecting a whole bunch of hicks. I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of nice educated people here, because all i heard all of my life was that southerners were stupid and hicks.. it's a common misconception, what also surprised me, is what people down south think of northerners.. i can't count how many times i hear.. "well, she's a yankee you know.." *sigh* .. what kind of misconceptions have you heard, or believed?
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@amy69cne (95)
• United States
29 Dec 06
LOL...honestly...I am from the south...Texas to be exact...and I am an educated southerner but you are right about the grouping that goes on...because everywhere you go you hear the people from texas are a bunch of rednecks that run around in tight jeans on thier horses on the range chasing cows...lol...yeah I wish...and then I hear all of the time about how people from the north are nothing but yankees...lol...I feel people are all people...doesn't matter where they are from or what they look like...just my feelings on the topic
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@kaspyv (1011)
• United States
29 Dec 06
I'm from Texas as well and I agree completely with all you've said. Its sad that everyone has such misinformed opinions of others. We are all people...the same, uniquely different in some way, but just people all the same.
@clark16 (376)
• Philippines
30 Dec 06
I'm not from either south or north, I'm asian and I believe that discrimination and misconceptions about other people regarding their place isn't true. You will only find its true after encountering those people. Everybody were doing thier best for a better image or personality. So discrimination is very unfair.
@GardenGerty (81547)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Jan 07
I know you currently live in Oklahoma, where I grew up. I have checked your profile. They even look down on people further south, sometimes. The big deal, when I was in school, was that Oklahoma was so behind in the area of education. This family moved to our area, and the daughters, one older than me and one younger, constantly talked about the educational rankings of Oklahoma compared to California, where they were from. Sad thing is, both of them were poorly educated, and it showed daily. That is one misconception about the south that many people believed. The fact is that you will find learned people, and cultured people, and kind people anywhere you go.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Yes, i like Oklahoma.. it's very nice and a great place to raise a family. Thanks for your comment.
@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
30 Dec 06
I've lived both in the upper midwest and in the southwest, and frankly your find your share of idiots and well-cultured individuals wherever you go in this life. It's too easy to stereotype. I was brought up believing that Americans stood for this, and black people do that, and homosexuals are to blame for this,... Eventually, there a comes a time, when you start to think for yourself, and you realize how overindoctrinated with bull you are. (Some people unfortunately, never start to think for themselves.)The best philosophy, I feel, in terms of looking at other human beings is to realize we all have more in common than we have differences, and in many ways literal and metaphoric we are mirrors of one another.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Very good response. Thankyou! It's very true, no matter where you go, people are basically the same..
• United States
30 Dec 06
Ah the stereotyping...now why on earth would a bunch of d*mnyankees think Southerners are ignorant? LOL! Here's a couple facts that knock holes in the stereotype. There are more horsesper capita in Minnesota than in TX. Temple University is in Tennessee. Not all Southerners have a southern accent, some sound like they grew up in Boston! On the other hand... People who live in the north don't dig tunnels to town in the winter, snow don't get that deep. Northerners do walk on water, they drive on it too, in the winter...then they drill holes in it and fish. Redneck is a state of mind not geography. Besides, what's wrong with being a redneck? Jeff Foxworthy made a good living out of 'being one'.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Very good points! Thanks for your comment. it was funny too.
@sahergul (774)
• Pakistan
30 Dec 06
yes, that is what i was saying in some previous discussions that we get to know about some thing from some sources and develop an image about that thing... but reality opens when we experience ourself... :)
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
10 Jan 07
YEs, that's true. Thanks for the comment.
@Shaun72 (15970)
• Palatka, Florida
30 Dec 06
I'm from the south .I live in Florida that doesn't mean I am from hicksvillie.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Yes, that's true. Florida is very nice and has alot of big cities. I love it there. thanks for the comment.
• United States
29 Dec 06
When i travelled abroud people always think im from the mountians because im from NC which makes no scence to me, I live in a Big City, but the southerner;northerner thing will always be, Gray and blue , Reb and Yank....
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Yes, i could see how that would be irritating. Thanks for your comment.
• United States
29 Dec 06
I'm from the south and I know that lots of people think we are slow and stupid, but that simply isn't true. We are just as smart and well educated as everyone else. Things are just more laid back down here. We stop and chat, we are polite and friendly, but by no means stupid.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
9 Jan 07
Yes, I agree, there are no more stupid people here in the south than there are anywhere else. People are alot more laid back, and not in such a hurry, which can be frustrating some times, but i think it's good for us to take it slow sometimes. Thankyou for your response.
@venshida (4839)
• United States
30 Dec 06
I lived in the South, and lived in the North for about 5 years. There a lot of people who thinks Southerners speaks funny. They also think most Southerners are racist.
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@abilbrey (114)
• United States
30 Dec 06
I am from the south and it amazes me how people assume you are uneducated just by you accent. It is a little fun to play with sometimes. It can be good to play dumb sometimes to really find fun to do at times. The face is that it is just sterotypes and stupid people are everywhere just turn on the news and you will have a min of 5 example in a days time.
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@Goranimal (315)
• United States
29 Dec 06
News flash, there are more hicks in the north and midwest then here in the south, Ive lived in Jersey for most of my life and in Ill, Atlanta was a welcomed change
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• United States
29 Dec 06
I was born and raised in NYS, moved to NC when I was 22. I was amazed but for different reasons. I met my share of "hicks" but also my share of well educated people. Most were very friendly, then became distant when I opened my mouth to talk. A YANKEE, from NY no less. The amazing part is that everyone I met, I mean literally everyone though NY was NYC. They were amazed to find that there is more to NY than the city. Once folks got to know me they were very pleasant and many began to change their opinions of us New Yorkers. I guess for any of us the unkown can be whatever your imagination lets you believe it is.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
29 Dec 06
One thing i have also noticed is that alot of people here, thought i was a snob initially, b/c i don't talk to people i don't know.. like in the grocery store etc.. unless i have a reason.. not that i ignore them.. i just don't start up a conversation, i don't know if it's because up north thats how we are.. or if it was just MY family.. I even had someone tell me it was rude not to say hi to everyone you see in the store.. If i did that i'd never get ANY shopping done! (:
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
29 Dec 06
People here (in the south) sure are sweet though.. at least most of them..
@cutieissa (413)
• Philippines
30 Dec 06
this sounds sad because its happening within your own country. if you have misconceptions about your countrymen, how much more about people from other countries or with other cultures? thus, it wont be a surprise to me if there cant really be world peace or understanding because people will always have misconceptions that will lead to misunderstandings and disunity
• United States
30 Dec 06
Nah its not really serious anymore, just kinda fun, ive been up north, they always called me hick, and i called them yanks, its an american thing...lol
• United States
29 Dec 06
I agree with you. I'm from Alabama and happen to be well educated. We all know "no educated folk come from these here parts". LOL
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
10 Jan 07
HA! (: thanks for your comment
• United States
29 Dec 06
I've visited down south before and it's pretty much like any other place in the US. Of course the difference in dialect is obvious and I will say it's generally a much slower placed area then out west or up north but face it, we have hicks no matter where we go and that's the glory of our country! We mix together so well!!!!
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Yes, I agree, No matter where you go you will run into very similar people. It would be nice if everyone would be so accepting! Thanks for your comment.
@lpetges (3037)
• United States
29 Dec 06
I agree, we visit arkansas quite often, and you can't really find more friendly people! Keep in mind we live close to chicago, so anyone that acknowledges you-we are happy. I think people from the south are very tolerant of us yankees. We speak to fast, want our shopping carts to move quickly, and want our food quickly when dining out-its all about slowing down. Thats why we love it there!
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
30 Dec 06
ha.. yes it's true.. I know that i have slowed down immensly since moving here, and i can honestly say i like it.
• United States
29 Dec 06
I'm from southwest Virginia, and if you live there, you'll know that there are two definitely distinct views - if you're from Northern Virginia, it's almost as bad as being over the Mason-Dixon, but if you're from Southwest Virginia, you're stupid hick. I still get it - our particular position on the map is right between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains - history shows that there are a lot of Scotch-Irish and Cherokee (of which I am both) and the particular accent that we have is one that is similar to some of the words that can be found in Gaelic (I think scottish). But it's not your typical southern accent like you'd find in say, Tennessee. But my frustration is the stereotype I constantly get because I have an accent. People automatically doubt my intelligence, and it was particularly frustrating when people wouldn't let me live up to my potential simply because of prejudices. There were several instances I ran into with that when I was in college working in jobs. But that's just the prejudices I've seen...I've always found that people from Northern Virginia (excluding a few of my friends *grin*) have been extremely pushy and bossy, and downright rude in certain situations. But I refuse to stereotype EVERYONE up North...but that's the general view *grin*.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
30 Dec 06
yes, i've been to West Virginia, it was beautiful there... I was in Highschool so i do not remember that much about it, but that it was very pretty.
• United States
29 Dec 06
As someone who was born in the northern states and lived in both the southern and northern states I can say I have heard many more misconceptions about the south. And I stick up for the south as much as possible. As for what kind of misconceptions have I heard or believed? Believed I would have to say none that I can remember, I think this is due to my living in so many places and being brought up to know not to believe everything you hear until you experience it yourself. I have heard how backwards the south is and not up with the times, I live in the northern states now and I just visited the south for three weeks and I can tell you, I think the area I live in at least is more backwards and not up with the times then the south. As for hicks....I live in hicksville USA!!!
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
9 Jan 07
Yes, it's true, no matter where you live, you will run in to all types of people. As far as being backwards, I had heard taht as well, And there are some people who do strange things here, but its the same up north too, it is not limited to the south. Thanks for your comment.
@mbs730 (2155)
• Canada
29 Dec 06
There is a lesson for you! Don't believe in stereotypes of any kind! You can have hicks in the northern part of the country as well.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
9 Jan 07
YEs, that's very very true, you can have all sorts of people everywhere. It would be interesting, to see that parrallel in other countries too i'm sure. Thanks for your comment.
@kareng (7986)
• United States
29 Dec 06
There are lots of stereo typing going on these days which lead to a lot of miscommunication. I'm glad you found out for youself that the people here are nice and friendly (for the most part).
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
9 Jan 07
YEs, it's sad that so many people have been misled by stereotyping. Hopefully we won't be saying this 50 years from now, but I have a feeling we will. Thank you for your comment.