My Perspective On The Best And The Worst Parts Of The South

My Perspective On The Best And The Worst Parts Of The South

With all the stereotypes that each state is branded with, the one place that seems to have the most polarizing labels and stereotypes is the American South.

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In the United States of America, there are certain states that have earned a certain reputation for themselves. California is the surfing, hipster, movie star capital of the country. Texas is the center for football fanatics, old-school cowboys, and outrageous amounts of BBQ. And Florida is known for having outrageous news headlines, such as, "Florida man arrested for tossing gator into Wendy's" and "Florida man kidnaps a scientist to make his dog immortal."

With all the stereotypes that each state is branded with, the one place that seems to have the most polarizing labels and stereotypes is the American South. Every state that encompasses the American South has, in some ways, earned and, in other ways, have unfairly been given a bad reputation for a long time. Although each person has their own experiences with what the South has to offer, I am writing this to give my point of view on the way of life in the South.

Of course, there is truth to all the wicked aspects of the South.

After the Civil War ended, the Reconstruction Era South wasn't exactly the most ideal place for black people, or any non-white person, to live in, to say the absolute least. Even though the Union tried to establish a more racially equal region, it ultimately resulted in an even more racially charged place than ever before. With the advancement of Jim Crow laws and the rise of the infamous KKK, the South was a very dangerous place to live.

Even in today's world, the South is wrapped up in an endless amount of social turmoil. From the recent growth of white supremacist groups to the growing outrage over the removal of Confederate statues, Southern states are becoming even more divided between the liberal left and the conservative right than ever before. The news certain paints this area of the world as the same hotbed of racism and bigotry that it was before equal rights became a legal requirement in this country. Even I would say that there are certain parts of the South that most definitely would go today.

Despite the bad, there is a lot of good that comes from the South

I know the phrase "Southern hospitality" may have lost its value to many people in the past several years, but to me the age-old saying still holds true. When people look at the news about all of the hostility that occurs in the South, they immediately perceive it as a problem that applies to every city in every town in the South. I am here to say that that notion is the furthest thing from the truth. Just like any place in the world, there are the bad people that perpetuate that harmful stereotypes, and there are the genuinely good people that try to live beyond the unfair image that others have placed on them.

While trying to figure out what to write for this article, I thought about all that my grandparents experienced while spending their whole lives in the American South. My grandfather was born in raised in Kentucky and my grandmother was raised in Alabama, and they both most certainly have experienced the notorious bigotry of the South. However, both will never stop supporting the belief that people in the South are some of the most genuine people they've come across in their life. People that I have met the South, both white and black, have also been some of the nicest people I have encountered, and certainly upon the truth that not all Southerners are what we usually see on the news. Many parts of Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, and other southern states are populated with people who dedicate themselves to upholding the virtuous ideals of the South and stand for the values of true Sothern hospitality.

With America being the extremely diverse country that it is, there are obviously going to be some parts that are viewed in a certain light. Sometimes this light can be negative, and rightly so, but there some places where the minority of people seem to dictate the reputation of the whole state. This is absolutely true when it comes to the American South.

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Everybody has that one friend who speaks fluent "How I Met Your Mother" quotes, celebrates Slapsgiving and plays "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" on repeat. If you're looking for a gift for them, look no further -- this list contains some pretty legendary "How I Met Your Mother" gifts and merchandise. Your friend will love you more than Barney loves suits -- well, maybe not that much. But they definitely will give you the "highest of fives" for any of these 20 awesome HIMYM gifts.

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3. This Conformity motivational poster straight from Barney's office:

In addition to Conformity ("It's the one who's different that gets left out in the cold"), you can also get Awesomeness ("When I'm sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story!") and Perfection ("It's not enough to win, everyone else must also lose").

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8 Features On A Guy's Tinder Profile That'll Make You Swipe Left

“The Office” in your bio isn't quirky, it's basic.

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Tinder is a mix between a game and social media. You swipe through profiles and can adjust the age range and mileage range to your preferences. In addition, you can sign up for TinderU so that you see people from your university and other universities around the country. When each profile comes up, you can swipe left for no or right for yes, and then the next profile will come up, and so on. There are two paths to matching with someone. If you swipe right and don't get an "It's a Match!" message, either he hasn't seen your profile yet or he swiped left. There's no way to know if someone swipes left on you, so don't worry about rejection. If you swipe right and get an "It's a Match!" notification right away, then he already swiped right on you, so yay! The thing about Tinder is that you come across way more swipe lefts than swipe rights. After spending a month on Tinder, I realized that there were 8 features on profiles that made me quickly swipe left.

1. Every picture on his profile is a group picture

I'm not in the FBI. If he makes me investigate to find out what he actually looks like, I'm just going to swipe left.

2. Having a reference from "The Office" in his bio

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“The Office" is a great show, but having it in your bio is BASIC and overused.

"I'll be the Jim to your Pam."

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"The Office and chill?"

3. Dogs*

One of the few perks of Tinder is that almost every guy has dog pics on his profile. I have swiped right on guys solely because of their dog(s). *The awkward part is when their dog is their profile picture. Then they're 100% trying to lure you in with their dog and that's just mean, swipe left.

4. "Here for a good time not a long time"

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5. Stating his height in his bio 

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6. A picture with his ex-girlfriend and "this could be you" over her face

Yes, because the idea of replacing someone is EXACTLY what I'm looking for!!

7. Shirtless pictures in the bathroom mirror

Taking a mirror picture in the locker room after working out is one thing, but having a picture in your home bathroom? That pretty much screams, "I send unsolicited d**k pics."

8. Pictures of his car

Tinder is for matching with people, not, uh, Transformers.

Tinder was fun and interesting for the first couple weeks but after that every profile kind of ended up looking the same. One month after downloading Tinder, I deleted my profile. As Fall Out Boy once said, "Thanks for the memories, even though they weren't so great."

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