Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hey, Y'all, And Youse Guys -- Enough Stereotypes

By Manifesto Joe

Normally, I try to be as supportive as possible of any lefty blogger out there. "Viva la causa," as certain Tejanos say. But I'm seeing too much depiction of Southern whites, especially us Texans, as being irredeemably ignorant. My experience is that ignorance is very much an equal-opportunity employer.

This is only one example of such plowboy-bashing. One will do. Here's the link. See the piece titled, "Lincoln Screwed Up -- Let's Fix It."

I've lived among necks vermillion long enough to understand this sentiment. But I've also known people from many other backgrounds who had all the same problems, and perhaps a few more.

Here was my response in the comments:

Not only do Yankees harbor a lot of stereotypes about us Texans –

– Your pot roast and bean soup are bland enough to serve in jails or a college cafeteria (you all seem to have gotten the notion that chile peppers really will eat holes in your stomach).

– In the (Republican) Dakotas and points east of there, you still have people who sound like, "My name is Yon Yonson, I leeve in Visconsin, I vork in a lumber mill zere!" They guzzle a lot of something they call "pop" that we call soda water or soft drinks down here. I know all this from having attended a Lutheran college.

– You have places up there like Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I think they still have active chapters of America First. And Indiana was the state with the biggest Klan membership back in the '20s. One of the most stupifyingly bigoted Religious Right types I have ever known was from Minnesota (that's "Meene-soat-a" up there). He was definitely acquainted with the "N" word, and believed quite sincerely that any person who had ever heard the name of Jesus even mentioned, and did not immediately convert, was damned to everlasting perdition.

– Bush and Cheney are not native Texans. Cheney is from Wyoming, the heart of Red-state Yankeeland, and Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and "educated" mostly at blueblood Yankee schools. His Texas accent is reputed to be largely an acquired affectation.

Anyway, enough with all the stereotypes, Southern or Northern, yours or mine. In post-Bush America, let's try to live peacefully without them.

Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.


trog69 said...

As a guy who has a dese and dose and dem guys speech impediment, I can relate. I also lived in Channelview, Tx. for about 2 years back in the early '80's, and the people were all friendly to a fault.

My problem with Texas is Gov. Perry, for one. I have no problem with his being a conservative, nor for the voters to also lean that way. I don't understand it, but I certainly can tolerate it. What kills me is how the Religious Right is allowed to run roughshod throughout the state. The State Board of Education is run by a Young-Earth Creationist, as is most of the rest of the board. Don't you people give a shit about your children's educations, or do you think it's okay if they think that people rode dinosaurs like the Flintstones?

Manifesto Joe said...

"Don't you people give a shit about your children's educations ..."

"You people"? Did you read what I wrote?

Let's get over the regional prejudice shit. The problem is not just in places where people eat grits and yams. From what I've seen, places like ALASKA, very far removed from the American South, are populated by many folks who are clearly at least as retarded, if not even more so, than the ones who habitually marry their cousins in deep East Texas.

Yes, Texas has an unfortunate concentration of such people, but the point is that they exist just about everywhere. We have no monopoly on de-evolution.

To be nicer, yes, I have noticed that we have a shocking moron in charge of our state education board. She is encountering opposition, even here. She has said some insane shit about Obama that she's having to explain now. Her credibility (thank you Jesus or whomever) is much in question now.

Anyway, no offense intended. The basic point is that we are diverse humans down here, just like elsewhere.

trog69 said...

Hehehe, hey, no offense taken. I certainly agree that position on a map is no indication of sanity. And I really did enjoy my time in Texas. I guess the fact is that these creationists are starting to really chap my ass, so I thought I'd tweak ya a lily bit. :)

Hell, I live in Arizona, and not in liberalsville Sedona, either. So I don't have much room for pointing fingers.

Sorry for the Gmail posting; I hit reply so often that I forget what's happening at the other end. hehe.