The Truth Behind Common Myths About The South: Part 2


Yesterday we started off this three part series by debunking (or proving) six common myths about the south. Today we’re going to take an insider’s look at six more of these.

1. Everything Is Fried

It is true that we fry things much more often down south than people in other parts of the US. We do not fry everything, however. There are even people in the south who do not fry anything at all – people on diets, with special dietary needs, on health kicks, or who just simply don’t like fried food. This is yet another thing that is a matter of personal preference. Some people fry a lot, some people fry a little, and some people don’t fry anything at all.

2. We’ll Eat Damn Near Anything

This one is funny. People think we eat roadkill and skunk, for goodness sake. Hey, there are some people who might, but I don’t know them. In fact, the only person I know who actually eats roadkill lives in New Jersey, if that puts anything into perspective. On the other hand, we do eat a lot of weird stuff. I’m not 100% sure about everyone living in the north, or the west, but the people in the area of New Jersey think I eat some strange things. To put it into perspective, the types of meat (not organs, just general types of meat) that I’ll personally eat include: beef, pork, chicken, turkey, duck, frog, snake, gator, goat, sheep, rabbit, game birds, and almost any type of fish.

3. We Use Colorful Phrases

This one is true. We do use colorful phrases. They aren’t as outlandish as television depicts, however. My Momma’s favorite phrase was “If she had as many stickin’ out of her as she’d had in her, she’d look like a porcupine.” My Mamaw’s favorite phrase was “I’ll stand your back, until they beat your stomach black and blue.” My favorite would probably have to be “Nervous (or sweatin’) like a whore in church with a bastard on each knee.” So, yes, we do use colorful phrases… but they usually make sense, unlike some of those you hear on television.

4. We’re All Racist

Shoot, this one is just wrong. We’re not all racist. In fact, poor southerners are some of the least racist people you’ll ever meet – I should know, I was one of them. We all just kind of stick together and help one another out, no matter what the color of our skin is. That being said, there are racist people everywhere. In the south, we tend to be much more open and accepting of racist jokes and so-called ‘names.’ We use them more often, but it’s not because we’re actually racist. It’s because we don’t hide behind all of this political correctness. We say what we say, but we don’t mean any harm by it. For example, my colored friends down south call me things like ‘honky,’ ‘cracker,’ ‘whitey,’ etc. I don’t find it offensive at all, personally, but I guess everyone is different.

5. Our Flag Represents Racism

The southern flag does not represent racism. It represents ‘Dixie’ or the south as a whole. It’s our symbol for pride, and it never flew because of slavery in the first place. The war of the states, in which our flag first flew, was fought over money, not slaves. I could go on about it, but I’ll just direct you to this link here, and you can read about it for yourself if you’re interested.

6. We All Drive Pick Up Trucks

No, this is yet another one of those personal preference things. Some people drive pick up trucks, and some people don’t. I drive a mini van. My daddy does drive a pick up truck, and my momma drove a Bronco. My father-in-law drives a little car. See? Matter of personal preference, pure and simple.

Check back tomorrow for part three of our three part series debunking (or proving) common myths about the south. If you’d like to read more, be sure to check out The Truth Behind Common Myths About The South, Part One.


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