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Old 12-05-2010, 04:47 AM
 
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lol i like how this thread turned into midwesterners adamantly defending their respective states. every state in the US is great!

but the original question was "how did the midwest get such a bum rap?", so the opinions of people from outside the midwest should be accounted for as well, not being put down by (defensive) locals. their opinions reflect the perceived reasons how the midwest got a bum rap, and though they may not be right (and the midwest is actually pretty fun/amazing/beautiful/whatever you want to call it), it certainly answers the original question..

 
Old 12-05-2010, 11:20 AM
 
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For as many things and stereotypes/misunderstandings about the Midwest that you hear from people on the coasts or down south - I've noticed no one in the Midwest really worries about how they're viewed. I grew up in Iowa, which is the butt of a lot of jokes and has a LOT of stereotypes. If anything we almost liked it, it was kinda funny, and people tended to just leave us alone to live our lives in peace. I liked growing up without any worries or issues, crime, homelessness, traffic, congestion, budget deficits, social problems, etc.
 
Old 05-08-2012, 01:34 AM
 
Location: Burnsville, Minnesota
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Having no mountains, no beaches, and too many white people is apparently too boring.
 
Old 05-08-2012, 03:32 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Yep, boring. There's your answer.
 
Old 05-08-2012, 11:31 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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This is a bit of a curveball theory, but I think it's worth considering:

The Midwest had very heavy german immigration compared to all other regions of the US and were one of the main components of what made up various midwestern cultures. These were often very tight knit communities that kept many traditions going and experienced fairly decent continuation of tradition, and in some cases immigration, from various regions of Germany and German-speaking countries. However, the two world wars started a very strong anti German culture movement within the US for various reasons and forced a lot of homogenization and eroding of those traditions forcing much less vibrant and diverse communities.
 
Old 05-08-2012, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Originally Posted by OyCrumbler View Post
This is a bit of a curveball theory, but I think it's worth considering:

The Midwest had very heavy german immigration compared to all other regions of the US and were one of the main components of what made up various midwestern cultures. These were often very tight knit communities that kept many traditions going and experienced fairly decent continuation of tradition, and in some cases immigration, from various regions of Germany and German-speaking countries. However, the two world wars started a very strong anti German culture movement within the US for various reasons and forced a lot of homogenization and eroding of those traditions forcing much less vibrant and diverse communities.
Well, although I like your creativity, at least two things aren't correct about your theory: 1.) the Midwest IS diverse in many places, and 2.) many communities do NOT have a high % of German descent, and the ones that do often aren't noticeable because the culture is completely gone (due to animosity from WWII).

The reason the Midwest has FEWER immigrants in general is because it does not border Mexico or is not the 1st place the plane or boat stops when crossing the ocean. That's the "fallback" when you are in the middle. Look at the cities/states with large immigrant populations and the nationalities that generally make up the regions:

West Coast is by far the most Asian (closest to Asia)
East Coast/NE is by far the most European and African
The South is by far the most black (for reasons that don't have QUITE as much to do with location, but still does)
Florida has by far the largest Caribbean Hispanic population (Central America)
The Southwest has by far the most Mexican Hispanic population


Besides, if Minnesota bordered Mexico, do you really think that the Hispanic population wouldn't be MUCH bigger, just because it's in the Midwest? I don't.
 
Old 05-08-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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I've always been puzzled when people tell me that Ohio is nothing but cornfields. I mean, don't get me wrong, there are a lot, but as of 2000 over one-third of the state was covered in forest, and that number is steadily increasing. We're also one of the most urban states in the country. I feel like people assume I live in the country when I tell them where I'm from.
 
Old 05-08-2012, 07:23 PM
 
Location: In bed with Madonna
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Because the Mid West has nothing to offer except for hicks, rednecks, stupid conservatives and republicans. And they still live in the 1950's and refuse to progress. Who would want to live there ?
 
Old 05-08-2012, 07:29 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Because the Mid West has nothing to offer except for hicks, rednecks, stupid conservatives and republicans. And they still live in the 1950's and refuse to progress. Who would want to live there ?
Oh look, the clueless wonder has blessed us with one of their totally stupid posts.
 
Old 05-08-2012, 08:44 PM
 
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Because the Mid West has nothing to offer except for hicks, rednecks, stupid conservatives and republicans. And they still live in the 1950's and refuse to progress. Who would want to live there ?
All sarcasm aside though, there are actually plenty of ignorant people out there who actually think those things about the midwest. Sad, but true. Most people who live in the area just laugh at the ignorance, since they're spared from a lot of the crap.
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