Date: Fri, 28 Oct 1994 12:45:54 -0400
From: PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
Subject: Re: The Southland
David Johns writes about how upsetting it is to be called a Yankee as
if he were something between an alien and an enemy, down there in
Not to be unsympathetic, Dave, but you ARE an alien: someone
who comes from somewhere else, quite different. That's just a fact.
It's a little odd that people actually ask "Are you a Yankee?", cause
it should be pretty obvious from people's speech whether they are or not.
Also it's a little odd that feeling unwelcome makes you think
that people are treating you as socially inferior in status. I think
that's confusing two things. Not everyone who's made to feel unwelcome
can claim they're being "put down" in social-class terms; sometimes
people who represent a dominating, overwhelmingly prejudiced group
with a fine sense of its own superiority are unwelcome, too.
Not that I'm attributing such attitudes to you (seriously).
But there's plenty of evidence for anti-Southern prejudice, including
practically every college campus I've visited outside the South, so
it's hard to see that calling you a Yankee is going overboard with
Besides, there ARE good Yankees! and no doubt you're one...
One indication of that might be a historical sense of guilt over the
historical mistreatment of Southerners, black and white, and a truly
sensitive person might well feel uncomfortable at having that feeling
constantly evoked. (There are also good halfbreeds, like me: Michigan
father, Georgia mother, who accused him and "his people" of
stealing the silverware up to a few years ago, when she got really angry...)
For what it's worth, there are worse things to be called!
--peter lumpkin patrick