“The South: where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter, summer starts in April, front porches are wide and words are long, macaroni and cheese is a vegetable, pecan pie is always a staple, Y’all is the only proper noun, chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy, everything is darling, and someone is always being blessed.”
Welcome to The South! Don’t forget to grab your Bible, your beer, and your Confederate flag when you cross that Mason Dixon line. Shed your clothes for a fashionable pair of acid wash, denim overalls and a wife beater and trade your purse in for your very own shotgun. Forget every vocabulary word you ever learned in school and begin using words like “ain’t” and “y’all” while throwing every rule of grammar out of your pick-up truck window. At least, this is what people expect when you enter the area of the United States known as “The South”.
The South is an area known geographically as being the southeastern most part of the United States and includes sixteen states and over thirty-five percent of the country’s population. Even with metropolitan cities such as Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia, The South is stereotyped as being extremely behind the times. This idea is not only absolutely ridiculous, but is ignorant as well. Even though The South is not home to any Ivy League universities, they are still known for their prestigious universities such as Duke, Elon, and Vanderbilt.
Whether or not you care to admit it, Southern ideals have been influencing the rest of the United States for decades. Many politicians were born and raised in the South and carry the lifestyle with them to The White House. Southerners view on religion and incorporating God into their daily lives, literature, and philosophies is an inspiration. In fact, The South is a place where you can recite the Pledge of Allegiance without worrying about censorship and dirty looks. The characteristics of the “Southern Gentleman” have been incorporated into every woman’s ideal man and the term “Southern hospitality” is known throughout the world as being by far the best.
The South has an unforgettable culture full of pineapples, moonshine, and good manners. It’s incredible culture has influenced everything from food to lifestyle and continues to make an impact on American culture.
So the next time you hear another Redneck joke remember that there are no Rednecks in The South, unless someone forgets to wear sunscreen! Have a great day, y’all!
-Christina Stevenson, Mollie Berthold, Dorothy Conley, & Laura Simmons