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Old 03-23-2009, 07:53 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Hello, often I've come across people from the South or Deep South and went away thinking that they were decent people at heart but very rigid and not open to outside ideas or influences. Is that true?

Also, there are many stereotypes of the South: backwards culturally, sees the world in black and white, honestly believes Republicans mean what they say, anti-gay, anti-science, etc etc.

While reflecting on which ones I held, I knew that most of it was probably wrong or at best inaccurate. Any truths? I'd love to hear from Southerners on what they think ... I want to keep an open mind and not believe the North would be better off without the South.

Note that I freely admit to holding some but those, as I said, were probably wrong and simply want to hear from some Southerners, on what they honestly think about their neck of the woods.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:09 PM
 
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Hello, often I've come across people from the South or Deep South and went away thinking that they were decent people at heart but very rigid and not open to outside ideas or influences. Is that true?

Also, there are many stereotypes of the South: backwards culturally, sees the world in black and white, honestly believes Republicans mean what they say, anti-gay, anti-science, etc etc.

While reflecting on which ones I held, I knew that most of it was probably wrong or at best inaccurate. Any truths? I'd love to hear from Southerners on what they think ... I want to keep an open mind and not believe the North would be better off without the South.

Note that I freely admit to holding some but those, as I said, were probably wrong and simply want to hear from some Southerners, on what they honestly think about their neck of the woods.
There are people like that from the South,East,Midwest and parts of the West.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:12 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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NO, for the 100,000,000th time.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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There is some truth to it, but like most stereotypes, they overgeneralize and overexaggerate a bit. All stereotypes however have some base in reality.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:24 PM
 
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Northern liberals are just as rigid in their thinking as Southern conservatives. Basically, they're both wrong. Only we right-wing atheists are correct.

Northern whites do have higher IQs, being more of German, Scandinavian and Jewish stock rather than Scotch Irish. Westerners aren't particularly bright either. See:

Many Eyes: Estimated white IQ by state (US)

Nor is either group more objective or "pro-science". Southerners may reject evolution but Northern liberals seem to reject genetics entirely, believing that the races and genders are really just the same.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:40 PM
 
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Hello, often I've come across people from the South or Deep South and went away thinking that they were decent people at heart but very rigid and not open to outside ideas or influences. Is that true?
For some, yes, but not all. Depends on which part of the south you're in as to what the percentages would be. Cities are also generally more open than the rural areas, which is true in most parts of the country.


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there are many stereotypes of the South: backwards culturally, sees the world in black and white, honestly believes Republicans mean what they say, anti-gay, anti-science, etc etc.
reflecting on which ones I held, I knew that most of it was probably wrong or at best inaccurate. Any truths? I'd love to hear from Southerners on what they think ... I want to keep an open mind and not believe the North would be better off without the South.
As true as everyone in the north is progressive, gray, believes Democrats actually mean what they say, free-for-all lifestyles, and pro-science Gore-worshipers.
Not to sound harsh, but these are the most ridiculous of the stereotypes. They vote Republican because that party is less likely to impose socialism on us all, although they have been annoyingly doing just that in recent years, just on a smaller scale than the current, uhh.. dude.

I never liked living in the south, but for different reasons. Weather, and other cultural differences were much bigger issues to me.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Not sure the point of the discussion as it actually HAS been discussed, but let's clear it up...

Stereotypes would not exist if there were not actual living, breathing, walking examples of them in human society. It doesn't matter what the stereotype is.

Yes, some rich people are arrogant snobs. Most aren't. Yes, some gay people are flaming queens. Most aren't. Some black people are violent. Most aren't. Some whites who live in rural areas are rednecks. Most aren't. Some Christians are hypocrites. Most aren't. .... etc etc....

Every stereotype that exists... well, yes, there ARE people who act like it. But they are a very small minority. Usually a very LOUD minority, which cases people to think their numbers are larger than they really are, and, which keep the stereotypes active in people's minds. Sometimes yes, you see an area or region that has a higher concentration of a particular stereotype than another, so it seems as though that entire area is composed only of people like that - but again it's not - they're just loud and seem numerous.

Most people of all groups are not stereotypes. They're just somewhere in that "regular folk" gray area for their group. This includes the South and everywhere else.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:41 PM
 
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Hello, often I've come across people from the South or Deep South and went away thinking that they were decent people at heart but very rigid and not open to outside ideas or influences. Is that true?

Also, there are many stereotypes of the South: backwards culturally, sees the world in black and white, honestly believes Republicans mean what they say, anti-gay, anti-science, etc etc.

While reflecting on which ones I held, I knew that most of it was probably wrong or at best inaccurate. Any truths? I'd love to hear from Southerners on what they think ... I want to keep an open mind and not believe the North would be better off without the South.

Note that I freely admit to holding some but those, as I said, were probably wrong and simply want to hear from some Southerners, on what they honestly think about their neck of the woods.
There are people like that all over the world. Rigid, culturally backwards, anti-gay, and anti-science are character traits, not accidents of geography. There are rigid and culturally backwards people in the northernmost regions of America (Michele Bachmann anyone?) and open-minded and accepting people throughout the southern states.

But one usually finds that for which one looks.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:46 PM
 
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T There are rigid and culturally backwards people in the northernmost regions of America (Michele Bachmann anyone?)
... or Al Franken? Both sides have their wack-jobs.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:57 PM
 
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... or Al Franken? Both sides have their wack-jobs.
Indeed they do.
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