Ahhh, the South.
Sweet tea, “y’all,” country roads, hospitality, Nanna’s cookin’, porch swings, Memphis BBQ, SEC football, summer picnics, the accents, the belles and the gentlemen.
What’s not to love?
Okay, so maybe it’s not all fine and dandy. There are some pretty crazy stereotypes out there about Southerners. They certainly don’t apply to every one of us, but in my 20 years, I’ve pretty much seen it all.
Racist, Bible-thumping, ignorant, obese, intolerant, alcoholic, uneducated and unsophisticated rednecks who never wear shoes…yeah, these people exist too.
After growing up in small town Arkansas where the majority of my family lives (and farms), I moved to Tennessee for college. I’m proud to be the Southern girl that I am, but sometimes these stereotypes go a little too far—and let’s be honest, none of them are representative of the South as a whole. The media has a great impact on these stereotypes, and vice versa, existing stereotypes influence what is considered newsworthy in the South.
On this blog you’ll find my thoughts about what’s up down South. We’ll take a closer look at how these and other stereotypes are portrayed in the media and what it all means. Along the way I’ll be answering your questions, trying to be funny, telling stories, talking about food and so much more!
Y’all come back now, ya hear?