What you describe here could easily apply to any "race." There are whites that behave this exact way and there are blacks that behave this exact way and there are hispanics that behave this exact way.Originally Posted by [b
I lived in a trailor park for 3 years while I was a raft guide and I got to see all of this and more from my white neighbors. Ask anyone down here about the back country folk and you get the same description for the "rednecks." He!!, have you watched Jerry Springer?!? Tell me those people don't match that description to a tea!
I guess that is why it bugged me so much. I assumed that you were making your statment based on your observation but it was that you applied the activities of a few to the greater whole. If someone were to pass judgment on me based on what they saw on Springer I'd be just as peeved. I guess lining in the South now I am more aware of this sort of thing given the greater cross section I see here. I had a serious row with my mother when she visited because she remarked one too many times how few whites there were in my neighborhood. And I even invited my grandma to leave when she said she would not go out on the deck while "those people" were out in their yard next door.
Rattler, I know you did not mean to offend me, and I am not holding it against you (in fact, I didn't even know it was you as I only read the post and not who posted.) And I can understand what you are saying, especially about being jaded, but I think you hit the nail on the head with your last sentence:
It is the happenings of your little corner that influence how you feel. It is just an unfortunate side effect of reality that little corners often collect the worst junk (you should see the corners of my sunroom, water trays, car consoul, garage, bathroom, etc.) And I am not saying that you are junk, just that living in your little corner means you have the junk that is there. Believe me, my little corner has a ton of junk too.Originally Posted by [b