4 Things I've Learned About Southerners As A Latino

4 Things I've Learned About Southerners As A Latino

A Latino's experience in the South.

Y'all won't believe how interesting it is as a Latino going to college in the "South."

Now, as a disclaimer, I go to college at Liberty University in Virginia. I have heard a few people claim that Virginia is technically not the South (it's more like the Middle), but from what I understand most of Virginia is still pretty much Southern. In addition, many of the students being from Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina (which are definitely Southern states).

As a Latino, I admit I had a pretty bad picture of what Southerners were like. I had a very stereotypical picture of what they were like, and it was pretty much this:

But in all seriousness, this assumption could not be farther from the truth.

So bear with me until the end, here are eight things I've learned about Southerners while going to college in the South:

1. "Southern hospitality" actually exists.

Southerners will legit hold the door open for you even if you're a dude! Southerners have been some of the friendliest people I've met. I never thought I'd be treated so well by a six foot white guy with a gun on his belt.

More than just holding the door, Southerners will welcome you into their home and treat you like a valued guest without even knowing you. They will offer you a ride and money even when it isn't convenient for them. These are just some of the examples my friends and I have experienced.

Seriously, the love and kindness I have received from these people has been amazing!

2. The term "y'all" is so convenient.

Southerners love their slangs. The funny things is that after so being here for a while I have adopted many of those slangs in my vocabulary (especially "y'all). Now, I'm a Latino who can speak English with a Southern twang!

3. They are actually open-minded.

A lot of my friends gave Southerners a bad reputation because they would label them as being super-Conservative and close-minded people.

In reality, that is VERY far from true. Those who I have met have been more open to ideas that differ from theirs than other people I know. By this, I don't mean they accept anything new they hear. It's just that most of them are open to simply talk about viewpoints and argue them in a friendly, civil way.

4. They like to learn about other cultures.

This one actually surprised me a lot. Coming to Virginia I never thought people would be so interested in my life back home. I felt welcomed. Sure, like with most people in the world stereotypes arise and it can get rather racist at times. Occasionally I even got some questions like, "How long was the drive from Puerto Rico?"

Looking back though, while some of the comments and questions were of a stereotypical nature, I was very surprised when I realized that they were saying these things not to be intentionally racist, but to actually find out if what they thought was true.

Most people in the don't do this nowadays. People will stick to their ideas about people and not even question or challenge it, but my Southern friends are always open to learn.

From the bottom of my heart I apologize to Southerners because I, a Latino minority who has been stereotyped a lot, had done the same to you guys.

But now I know. I've seen that while there many things that Southerners and I differ on in culture and ideas, we are just as human and just as crazy at heart.

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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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Our Leaders Need A 'Time-Out'

We all learned a few essential rules as children.


As I look watch the news, I can't help but wonder if the lessons we learned as children might not serve our leaders well. They seem to have forgotten these basic lessons. I am reminded of the book by Robert Fulghum "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

Watch out, hold hands, and stick together.

I think this could be useful in a couple of different contexts. First, the current divisiveness in the country doesn't serve us well. We are first and foremost, a part of the family of humankind. Differences in politics, religion, and so on come in far behind that one important attribute. What happened to the notion of agreeing to disagree?

Second, when leaders get off a plane in another country, they should remember who they came with and who they represent - "watch out, hold hands, and stick together."

Clean up your own mess.

Trump seems to take great pleasure in blaming everyone else for their "mess." The government shutdown was someone else's fault – any Democrat. When the stock market went up, he happily took credit, but when it went down, he quickly shifted gears and placed the blame on the Federal Reserve Chairman. Daily and hourly tweets out of the White House place blame on someone else for his "mess." Sadly, he still likes to blame Obama and Hillary for his mess.

Don't lie.

Politicians have always had a bad reputation when it comes to honesty. Still, the number of lies that we hear from Trump (and members of his staff) is unprecedented even for a politician.

We all learned these lessons when we were little more than five years old. Now more than any time in history I think our leaders need a " time out" to re-learn these lessons.

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