Yeah, there are some dumb ass hillbilly's in the south, but not as many as people think! I can't stand how southerners are labeled as dumb or uneducated, by the rest of the country. I just saw a guy with a Ohio license plate driving on the wrong side of the highway with his flashers on, like that made it ok! I work with a guy from Indiana that get's lost every time he leaves the office and he's lived here for 15 years. So why does the south get a bad rap? Seriously? We are polite and use manners. I might have a little southern draaaaaaw in my accent, but I'm far from stupid!
I totally agree with you the south does get a bad rap. I think its because they believe we are all incest morons since we have different views. I live in the country and most people think I live in a different planet
It's the accent (I don't understand why, it's clearly nothing to do with IQ and actually how the words don't want to leave their mouths) and all of the testosterone thing, where people think that "Hey, they're into sports, they must be REALLY thick." This concept that Texans are thick is clearly a load of rubbish.
im a Georgia peach and every time I have a "non southerner" come to visit.. they always say how well mannered, polite, and courteous we are. I have fam in NY and they say we're like super nice compared to any other girls up north.. etc.. so I don't know why peeps would hate on us just because we might have a slight accent.. but doesn't everyone in their own way? anyways ya..
Im from NY and I don't think they are stupid. I think they are really nice too, and you actually drive a lot safer. But when I go down south I notice a huge difference in how fast they move. I went to Mcdonalds and it took a noticeably longer time for me to get my food, but I will say it was way better! :) This is from my experience of driving to FL every year since I was a kid. Also visiting Virginia, and North and South Carolina.
Its just the stereotype. Influenced by the media mostly. Think of Forrest Gump as an example. I mean, I've lived in North Carolina and have been to a few places in the region... just because you talk slow doesn't indicate you're dumb. Its just how it is over there. Just the culture.
But to answer your quesiton I think it has a lot to do with sterotypes that have formed over time. And people associate talking slow with being dumb.
I lived in the south when I was little and when we moved up north I had to learn to hide my drawl because everyone thought I was stupid. The thing is though; in the south there are areas where they believe if you have a northern accent you're a moron and very 'low class'. It all depends on the region.
I don't think southern people are dumber than people from any other part of the country...but I must say there are some older guys that I think sound like Forrest Gump when they talk but that doesn't make them stupid.
For a place that rejects polio virus immunity injections they won't be considered very smart. Basically there's no tolerance for different opinions and for free expression. There's no place for the individual there, it's either conform or get your house's windows broken and your walls tagged. Such a culture is not considered very intelligent.
Sorry but it's true. I don't mean any offense but this is my honest opinion. They are very violent, intolerant, racist and uneducated. The educational system is very poor over there and they are still living in the 1950s
Don't you worry about it... because the south shall rise again!
Haha jk. But I'm from TN, and really I haven't met anyone who has come here from the north for vacation or work or anything and hasn't loved us. The only people that think the Southerners are stupid are the people who haven't even traveled their own nation. In the global world we live in, I can hardly consider their viewpoint valid.