the fact that we are: 1_ A highly mobile society where a native Yankee as myself may live 40 years in the South;
and the other way around; and this is very common; 2_ Nearly all of our shopping is accomplished in big box
stores which have effectively wiped out regional differences in marketing. I often see Winter clothes for sale
around here starting in late August; because that is how it is done in Boston or NY or Minneapolis. 3_National
television and news media, to say nothing of the very inexpensive communications we have nowadays.
The wonder is that regional differences persist.
Never see white or black..........................always shades of Gray.
The "yankee" bit reminds me of another odd occurrence. Around the same time frame, perhaps a bit earlier, than the last one, a friend of mine, my wife, and I took two vehicles (with some equipment) from central NC to Toccoa, GA. I drove a Uhaul with hand written cardboard temp tags from AZ across 3 states and back without getting stopped, but that is for another day.
We stopped at a gas station. I pumped fuel while my friend got coffee, then I went in the store. I thought my store visit quite routine. I came out and my friend said to me, "you shouldn't have gone in there!". I asked why and he said, "didn't they say anything to you?". I said no, and he said, "they told me that my kind wasn't wanted here. They didn't tell you that?". I said no, they were fine with me. My friend is from CT originally, maybe that was showing?
What I figure is that when he walked in that the clerk said "good morning" and he ignored her, pegging him as a Yankee.
I've discussed this subject before (why the hatred of Yankees) and been told that most of it is in how you act, that gets you pegged. Some would say speech, but I've known native borns to have zero accent.
Being a transplant from the midwest, I noticed a change occur several years back. When we would go someplace, we used to be asked "where y'all from originally?". This eventually became "Y'alls originally from here right?". This happened right about the time when people started saying, "you know, THEM Yankees ...".
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There's a great story I read or heard once:
At Richmond's most famous church, whose parishioners were the upper crust of Richmond Southern society, right after the South lost the War and surrendered, the church saw one Sunday a return of their service for the first time in years to a new time when the guns were silent.
At that sacred time in the service when Holy Communion was given out, there was a slight pause as always when people are going to get up to go the front. No one wants to be first. In the pause, an African American women slowly walked down the aisle and then kneeled at the altar rail. Alone she remained.
No one in the church, all white and the vestiges of the highest Southern aristocracy, knew how to react - even the Minister froze half-way to the railing where he was going to give out the Hosts. It wasn't animosity. It was like seeing a Martian walk in - there was no cultural foundation for who they only knew as slaves walking even into that church, let alone going up first to the altar rail for Communion. Everyone just stared in bewilderment, no one moved. There was an agonized paralysis. An absolute confusion of expectation.
Then an old grey-haired man, sitting in the front row, slowly stood and made his way to the rail - and as slowly lowered himself to his knees - right next to the African-American woman.
The man was Robert E Lee.
I don't think unless you were actually from Africa and now a American you should be called African American. I knew some people who moved here who came from South Africa....real African Americans...who were white.
Unless you have duel countries.....you were born in America....that makes you a American.
The black people (when necessary to give a description) I know called us of paler skin "white"....they refereed to themselves as "black". That is what I use now. I didn't take any disrespect from being called "white" and meant none when I used "black".
Life is hard enough without referring to others by the Linage of their ancestors. That would make me Welsh, English, Scottish, Native American, Irish American. Add German to my daughter's and add Belgium to my grand daughter. We are all three one thing....AMERICANS and damn happy to be so.