I understand why the South mistrusts the rest of the country. I also understand why the rest of the country is fed up with the South.
Here's what I don't understand -- stupid, unsophisticated Southerners upset at being portrayed as stupid and unsophisticated. There's consequences when you make Jeff Foxworthy famous. Live with it.
Of course we're not all stupid and unsophisticated, regardless of what the rest of the close minded country thinks. Those of us who aren't have to put up with a lot of shit.
While living on the Left Coast, I was frequently solicited for racist and/or backward jokes. Hey, he's Southern, he'll get it. I was a disappointment to those people.
I've mentioned before how one suitor -- John Larroquette's personal assistant (impressed?) -- insisted I lose my accent lest people think me hebetudinous (not a direct quote). That pissed me off. It wasn't the first time.
To be fair, the rest of the country has put up with considerable shit from the former Confederacy. John Edwards recently declared he has an advantage over Hillary and Obama because he can draw voters from across the U.S. -- indeed, the South has essentially decided every election since 1972. We're responsible for Carter AND Bush. We should be ashamed.
I'd like to declare a truce, but I don't know if a solution can be found. Parts north, east and west will continue to underestimate us, while Southerners will continue to wield undue influence. There should be a middle ground, but no one wants to find it. Stereotyping -- and power grabbing -- is much easier.