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Where we think we get our ideas about southerners


  1. Most of my ideas and perceptions of the South come from what I’ve been told, by my family and teachers. From what I’ve learned, the South wanted to keep slavery and was considered more racist. Because I’ve been brought up to be against racism and slavery, I thought that the south would be much worse. But, I’ve traveled to North Carolina multiple times and being there definitely changed what I thought of the South. Some of North Carolina is very similar to here in Massachusetts and I’ve never encountered or heard of any racism there. Because of this, I think that Southerners and the South is similar to the North.

  2. When I think of the South, I think of popular T.V. shows such as 19 Kids and Counting and Honey Boo-Boo. I think the reason I think of this is because the media and certain T.V. channels have portrayed southerners as crazy people. Although this is entertaining, certain people who have not been exposed to anything genuinely southern may only think of this. I haven’t been exposed to much of the southern culture, so these T.V. shows is all I know about the South.

  3. When I think of the South, I think of TV shows such as Honey Boo Boo. I haven’t really been exposed to the southern culture, so i’m not really sure what the south is really like. I think that Television stations have a way of portraying southern people. From watching Toddlers in Tiaras and Honey Boo Boo, to me southern people are crazy and wild and loud. Also, I think of country music. I’ve never actually been to the south so i’m not sure of what I hear on the radio and see on tv is accurate, but thats how I see southerners.

  4. I think that many of my perceptions of the South or southerners have come from talk about the Civil War. I have heard many people say that in the Civil War, the South wanted slavery, but the North didn’t, so now I have a perception of all, or at least most southerners being pro-slavery. However, I think that that may not be entirely true, because I know some people living in the South and they aren’t pro-slavery. I think that my other perceptions of the South come from pretty much the same place – listening to other people’s prejudices, other thoughts, or maybe sometimes the truth. I don’t think any of it actually came from reliable resources, which is part of the reason it probably isn’t true.

  5. My perceptions of the South are a little bit stereotypical, as I haven’t traveled much of it. I think of college football because I watch a lot of it, and it’s usually Southern schools that play in all the major games. That perception, I think, is true. I also think of hot weather, and more dry, desert places, because in movies and TV, they always portray the landscapes in the South as really hot and dry. Also, there are facts to show that the Southern states do experience hot weather. I tend to think of Southerners as redneck people, which I know is not entirely true, but it’s still the thing that first goes into my head. And also I think of the Southern drawl that is common in the South. Those things are probably because of the pop culture influence from TV, movies, the internet and just stereotypes. I do think there are people in the south that are rednecks, but the perception that all southerners are I don’t think is true.

    And, for some reason, when someone says ‘the South’, I think of the civil war and slavery. I think the reason for that is because of the phrase ‘the south’ was used to describe the confederate army in the civil war.

  6. When I think of the South, what comes to mind is people having accents when they talk. I think I get this from t.v. shows and going to North Carolina in the summer. I also know that the South is warmer over the years than it is here, I going down there once in the winter, and it was much warmer.

  7. I find most of my ideas come from experience, class, or television (not Honey Boo Boo but shows like Swamp People). I go to North Carolina every year to visit my family and I notice that not too many people talk in a southern accent that I talk to. Also, I don’t think of slavery too much as an attribute of the south, but if I do, I usually put it down in my list. From experience I have noticed that everyone in the south is very nice and sympathetic. Also, I think of sports in the south because of Alabama and Texas being Football states, The Miami Heat, and The Denver Broncos. Finally, I always think of the food when I go to the south. The BBQ Ribs are the best on the planet, the Fried Chicken is divine, and it’s the only place where I can get Hush Puppies and Biscuits as an appetizer instead of Chips and Dip!

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