The North and South of the United States have always been portrayed as having many differences. Both sides are portrayed somewhat inaccurately and exaggerated immensely in the movies which exacerbates the public’s view of either side. I am going to go out on a limb and say the north and the south don’t have as many differences as you would be led to believe. As a Georgia girl (or old lady), I’d like to clear up some of these misconceptions. At least in my case they are misconceptions. I do realize that within the South or the North there are sub-cultures and behaviors that can differ by community and state. So my insight is from my experiences and my viewpoint. And usually I’m wrong on both according to my husband. But still, here goes.
Myth: We are racist.
Unfortunately, racism is a real issue everywhere in the world but 99.9% of the people I know in the south do not classify as such in my eyes. Being obnoxious – now that’s a different story.
Myth: We say “Bless Your Heart” in lieu of “F you”:
I’m sure this happens but the people I know aren’t passive aggressive. They are straight shooters who will say f*&k you when needed. If they say, “bless your heart”, they mean it.
Myth: We are all morbidly obese
Hellooo. McDonald’s has fattened up the whole country, not just us. We actually are at an advantage because April through September, it is a sauna outside down here.
Myth: We are dumb hicks
Now this one really gets my goat. I’m southern and a woman so I have several stigmas to overcome. No worries though, I will beat them and I know I am smart. And, unless hick means awesome, I’m not a hick either.
Myth: We hate the NFL
This one is true. College all the way! Go Dawgs!!
Myth: It never gets cold
Cold is as cold does. If nipples pass the universal litmus test, who are we to argue?
Myth: We eat roadkill
This is just ridiculous. Unless Kroger is selling roadkill disguised as prime grain-fed beef, then the answer is NO. I personally love venison but only if killed humanely by a human. It’s debatable on whether I would try roadkill or cream of wheat first.
Myth: We all have guns
Well, not every single one of us but guns are very important to us. But not as important as the right to have them. The second amendment is taken very, very seriously down here.
Myth: We worship the Confederate flag
No, but this is a touchy subject to many down here just like politics and religion. Many are ashamed of the actions held behind the flag’s history but many also claim that, bad or not, it is a part of history and to forget is to allow it to happen again in a different form.
Myth: We only love country music
Although, Luke Bryan does look damn good in his tight jeans, he is no DMB or John Prine. We all have very diverse tastes down here. My mother actually doesn’t like ANY music which is so confusing to me.
The point is, just like our Northern brothers and sisters, we are all individuals here and have our own individual tastes. Some of which have been influenced by our southern culture along with everyone and everything that has touched our lives. Personally, I believe I am the sum of my experiences. I am always evolving.