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Old 03-14-2019, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Cambridge MA
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There is still a very strong negative connotation to "Southern" here in New England specifically and the Northeast in general. To most people, The South evokes religious bigotry, blatant racism (unlike our equally shameful institutional racism), obesity, poverty, Trump supporters, rural, uneducated and Christian fundamentalism. The South is held in low esteem with The Deep South basically considered a Third World Country. BBQ is popular though!
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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There is still a very strong negative connotation to "Southern" here in New England specifically and the Northeast in general. To most people, The South evokes religious bigotry, blatant racism (unlike our equally shameful institutional racism), obesity, poverty, Trump supporters, rural, uneducated and Christian fundamentalism. The South is held in low esteem with The Deep South basically considered a Third World Country. BBQ is popular though!
To be fair, a lot of people in New England think the same thing of western NY, Pennsylvania and south Jersey.

There are even some who think that way of New Hampshire and Maine.

Own-butt sniffing and nose in the air is generally something a lot of New Englanders practice. Thank God it ain't all of you.
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Cambridge MA
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To be fair, a lot of people in New England think the same thing of western NY, Pennsylvania and south Jersey.

There are even some who think that way of New Hampshire and Maine.

Own-butt sniffing and nose in the air is generally something a lot of New Englanders practice. Thank God it ain't all of you.

Everyone loves Maine.
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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There is still a very strong negative connotation to "Southern" here in New England specifically and the Northeast in general. To most people, The South evokes religious bigotry, blatant racism (unlike our equally shameful institutional racism), obesity, poverty, Trump supporters, rural, uneducated and Christian fundamentalism. The South is held in low esteem with The Deep South basically considered a Third World Country. BBQ is popular though!
This upsets me, as it seems that way in Denver as well. My few encounters were with people who's companies are based in Durham or that lived there.

Q: Would you ever live in Durham/Raleigh?
A: No, it's still the south.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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There is still a very strong negative connotation to "Southern" here in New England specifically and the Northeast in general. To most people, The South evokes religious bigotry, blatant racism (unlike our equally shameful institutional racism), obesity, poverty, Trump supporters, rural, uneducated and Christian fundamentalism. The South is held in low esteem with The Deep South basically considered a Third World Country. BBQ is popular though!
My husband and I were vacationing in MA, CT and ME a coupla years ago. We went into a locally owned sandwich shop and I ordered a cup of hot tea. It was an unfamiliar brand with a foreign name and I mispronouced it or something, or maybe just said it with my southern accent, who knows - but I could not BELIEVE the response, not only from the guy behind the cash register but from the LINE of people behind us. Snickering, rolling their eyes, etc. I thought to myself, "My gosh, it's just a cup of hot tea in a sandwich shop - this whole experience is definitely not the highlight of our vacation, though we did make an effort to shop and buy locally, which we always do no matter where we are." I was shocked at the blatant rudeness. And it didn't stop there - when the waitress brought our food to the table she was also very curt and unfriendly. AND as we sat there talking, people around us would turn and look at us and then whisper among themselves - it was bizarre. This was in Concord so it's not like they should have been surprised by out of town or even out of state visitors. It felt to me like they were judging us by and reacting to our southern accents.

No, we didn't have on MAGA hats or Saints jerseys either! LOL We were just wearing normal, regular clothes, but we were speaking with that southern accent and I (gasp) MISPRONOUNCED the name of a tea that I'd never seen before! Definitely deserving of ridicule. Even the cashier sneered at me, rolled his eyes (yes, right in front of me), sighed and corrected me. And then stood there and wouldn't ring it up till I pronounced it again - correctly. UNBELIEVABLE.

I swear, if I hadn't liked Maine and Mainers so much, I'd never go back to that region. No, I don't hate people from the northern states, but that experience definitely left a bad taste in my mouth.

That being said, we had a great time in Maine. Also, I enjoyed visiting Boston. We didn't have any negative experiences in either place with anyone else.
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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Everyone loves Maine.
I suppose you know everyone then? How's my aunt Sharon doing these days, Mr. "I know everyone"?
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Cambridge MA
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I suppose you know everyone then? How's my aunt Sharon doing these days, Mr. "I know everyone"?
Hahah- Thanks for the laugh
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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Hahah- Thanks for the laugh
I'm just glad somebody finally knew I wasn't trying to make them mad, just chuckle!
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:18 AM
 
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To be fair, a lot of people in New England think the same thing of western NY, Pennsylvania and south Jersey.

There are even some who think that way of New Hampshire and Maine.

Own-butt sniffing and nose in the air is generally something a lot of New Englanders practice. Thank God it ain't all of you.
Eh, that's mostly Lawn Guy Land we take issue with, Upstate NY is cool.
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:27 AM
 
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There is still a very strong negative connotation to "Southern" here in New England specifically and the Northeast in general. To most people, The South evokes religious bigotry, blatant racism (unlike our equally shameful institutional racism), obesity, poverty, Trump supporters, rural, uneducated and Christian fundamentalism. The South is held in low esteem with The Deep South basically considered a Third World Country. BBQ is popular though!
To be fair, Cambridge tends to have equal snobbery towards the rest of New England as well. Can't say the rest of us care that much for Cambridge either.
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