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Old 03-01-2008, 11:35 PM
 
Location: United States of America
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I get the same from my friends back home. My old man asked me if Arkansas had fridges. LOL! Everyone kept making cracks about playing my banjo on the porch. Since I am enjoying my low cost of living compared to Florida, I am the one laughing now. But I also noticed how if you watch weather channel or the morning weather on any of the networks, they never talk about or show Arkansas. We could have just had a huge snow storm and they will gloss over Arkansas like it isnt even on the map. I guess there are alot of areas like that.

 
Old 03-02-2008, 12:35 AM
 
Location: NWArkansas/Seattle
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HAHA out in Seattle(I moved out here from Springdale) I was at the market, the guy asked me about the KKK.He just assumed it was everywhere... I was like, ummm I have never seen anything like that!!!
Yea...it's dumb.
 
Old 03-02-2008, 08:00 AM
 
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Arkansas has the last laugh, believe me! Your state is probably one of, if not the most beautiful state in the US. The natural state is a proper title for it! The stereotyping happens to every state, not just Arkansas. I believe it's more of a jealousy factor than anything else. You think Texas doesn't have it's image problems? How would you like to be known as the state/city (Dallas) that killed John Kennedy! Everytime I hear Dallas or JFK mentioned I can't disconnect the two, that's unfortunate and yes that is stereotyping. How would you like to live in a state where if you are caucasian, in 10 more years you will be a minority, welcome to Texas! And apparently if you live in Texas, porn must be the number one industry, because that's the first thing you see when you cross it's borders! Nice image Texas!
 
Old 03-02-2008, 08:43 AM
 
Location: AR
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Am a the only one tired of us Arkansans getting a really bad rap??

The more I travel the more I grow tired of people associating Arkansas with hillbillies.When I was a military wife and I moved to the West Coast as well as the Northeast I was actually asked if I knew how to read?! I have gone to college!

I continue to get asked how I felt about growing up on a farm. I grew up in Fayetteville for the most part! Although Northwest Arkansas is full of natural beauty- nowadays we are filled with more and more educated people.I think outsiders assume we have never been exposed to culture of any kind. This is not the case.

No offense to those of you who grew up on farms, as I know there are many rural areas here.BUT WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR ARKANSAS TO BE SEEN AS SOMETHING OTHER THAN SOME BACKWOODS, RED HEADED STEPCHILD???? Do you think this can be chalked up to lack of other knowledge of this state or what?

Many of us are more civilized than we are given credit for and have seen much of the world, yet everywhere we go we are seen as simple hicks-what gives??! Sorry, but had to vent.
People are always going to think people in the South are stupid, poor, and uneducated.

It's not true at all, but people will have their stereotypes. You just learn to deal with it and be happy being the person you are. Let everyone else think what they may.
 
Old 03-02-2008, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Alot of states have rednecks and even up in Massachusetts they have what we would consider red necks they just call them something else.

I have a friend who explained it too me, they call some of them swamp Yankees, she said that her family was considered that and the neighbors had a brother and sister who had an incestuious relationship and had children together.

I think the media does make things like this worse.
I know alot of people in Texas love going to Arkansas and I know some who have retired there.

I personally will never forget how gorgeous Hot Springs is, there is also a large lake near there that I visited that was so pretty.

When I was in the UK, I had people ask me where I was from, when they heard Texas, they had all kinds of silly ideas. I had to explain that I don't ride a horse to get anywhere, NO, I don't do square dancing, the silly questions went on and on.
 
Old 03-02-2008, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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Not to worry, folks. Of all the things that really count in life that really matter, does this really rate? It's like hillbilly and farmer's daughter jokes. Nothing personal is intended by the "sterotype" remarks nor by area-specific jokes. They are uttered from people who don't know how to start a conversation and are trying to break the ice. Believe it or not, they may actually want to hear about Arkansas from someone who is from there and what Arkansas is really like.

Take it with a grain of salt, smile and nod. That will get you through so many unpleasantries in life and is so simple to do.
 
Old 03-02-2008, 09:44 AM
 
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I say, let 'em think it....and the rural beauty, low cost of living, and simple (as in less stressful) way of life that most people in Arkansas enjoy will stay our little secret.
 
Old 03-02-2008, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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Arkansas=chicken [Tyson]
Arkansas=Walmart
Arkansas=Ozarks
this may add to the stereotype. And dont forget that some "tourist' areas up in the Ozarks play up this image to attract business. In alot of areas around the USA, Walmart is considered a place where "hicks" shop.
 
Old 03-02-2008, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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I guess that makes me a hick.
 
Old 03-02-2008, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I guess that makes me a hick.
Yea me to, I always shop at Wal-Mart to save money. I have had many people be shocked when I tell them that Wal-Mart is based in Arkansas and the late great Sam Walton was indeed a native of that state.

Your probably better off having people think these things of your state or it might get over-run. People from places like up North would enjoy your state, they would still have the moutains and trees like back home, some cooler temperatures in the winter but with a lower cost of living.

You guys don't want to get over-run by pushy, rude Yankees do you?
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