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  •  Very well said, hepshiba! I remember late '60s & (2+ / 0-)
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    early '70s when white Southerners were the only ethnic/identifiable group in the country that could be stereotyped with impunity in the media.

    When the TV drama came on, and some slovenly guy crossed the street to kick a dog, you knew he would deliver his lines with what was supposed to be a Southern accent.

    Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

    by Mayfly on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 02:52:05 PM PST

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    •  Having lived through a 1960s-1970s rife with (1+ / 0-)
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      offensive stereotypes of virtually every flavor, I know that white Southerners weren't the only, or even close to the worst victims of negative depiction.  But it's true that the stereotype -- which is always tied to lower class, deeply offensive "trailer trash" references -- continues to be commonly used, and often by "progressives" who should know better.

      "If you fake the funk, your nose will grow." -- Bootsy Collins

      by hepshiba on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 02:59:41 PM PST

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    •  Haven't you seen "Buckwild"? (1+ / 0-)
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      Or Honey Boo Boo?  The rest of the country still use us for their entertainment punching bag.  If you need a villain for your movie, or an idiot, just give him a Southern accent.

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