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Reply #40 LCSULLA's post
you see ... folks really do know little of each other!
I am a Southerner! Whatever that means ... to me it means we are extremely courteous, humble and patiently slow, but we will knock your teeth-out without warning if you smart-ass us too much ... a lot of Scot-Irish in the culture. We are a lot slower than the fast-talking, frenzied Yankees ... it is hot down here and we innately conserve our energy and seek the shade, for instance. We generally speak a lot slower and we are in no hurry, ever! Our roots are agrarian. The fast-moving city-slickers assume that means we are stupid. We are not as well educated by and far -- a direct result of RECONSTRUCTION and ignorant prejudice by our more powerful and influential Northern brothers and sisters. We are not so stupid as not to recognize this and we do, generally bear a grudge because of it. You may never know -- your points of travel to the area are going to be Miami -- a land of world imports, relocated Yankees and glitzy party-goers or Charlotte or Atlanta, perhaps, the great hub of Southern blacks and there it is thier culture which is dominate.
I live in the Bible Belt -- there is a dang church for every 50 people and that is their gathering spot here in this part of the South! Moreover, I live in the mountains -- the oldest mountains in the world, dressed in full lush green beauty and teaming with wildlife as they are. The population is sparse, we more often will trade with each other than go find a bank to work out our needs. I live among these people, I work with them and I am their brother. I may be one of the most educated persons in our little community and I certainly have no religious affiliation, but I am still loved and respected by all of them, including the most gnarly of our brutes. Our national and state government are afraid of us because we don't like any of them, historically and in general! We generally distrust outsiders, and it takes a while for us to warm-up to any of them as we have been the subject of every kind of smart-ass scheming abuser that has ever wandered through with their 'carpet bags'! There is still an enormous amount of prejudice towards Blacks and anyone else that don't seem to look like us, but given time all of us will eventually take them into our hearts and homes -- but it don't come easy for any of them! You can be sure we all are armed and ready to fight and have done so on many occasions, as such we are the most sought after bastards by the US military in a time of war.
Pattons' Third US Army was our boys! We can pick a squirrel out of the tree at 100 meters any day of the week! Now you know.