posted on Feb, 7 2014 @ 09:07 AM
reply to post by Advantage
The Ivy Leaguers and Boston blue-bloods have long held Southerners in contempt probably due more to French and Spanish influences than anything else.
The Northeast is still the financial center of the US and as they would like to think the intellectual center too.
It's funny because I was born in the South, lived in NY while growing up then moved back South so my accent will change depending on who I'm speaking
with. I also enjoy studying the regional dialects and trying to guess where people are from by their speech. It's helps to be a bit of a chameleon to
get people to open up a little, they tend to trust those from their area more than others for some reason.
Of course the stigma works both ways, when I moved back to Virginia after living in NY kids didn't trust me. I had to relearn my Southern drawl to fit
in but that was back in the 70's. Virginia has been so thoroughly infiltrated with Yankees now I see the local accent dying out and it's a shame. Our
race in to the future is leaving so much behind and at a frightening pace. The things we once associated with home and locality are vanishing - our
language, culture, architecture, music, crafts etc. etc. It's all getting homogenized and getting blander with each passing year. It's truly one of
the saddest and most heart-rending things I ever encountered and few even notice it happening.
The family on my father's side were some of the earliest settlers in Texas and in one cemetery are buried 150 years of my ancestors. Originally it was
a cemetery plot on a ranch that has since been broken up and sold off. Now the cemetery sits alone next to a subdivision of several hundred houses. To
think at one a single family owned 600 acres and sent their sons to fight in every war since the Mexican War and now none of the family lives on the
original land but are scattered everywhere from Texas to NY to Alaska. Kind of says it all.
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