Except Americans speak an “older version" of English, so who’s the traditionalists now, BRITAIN?!?!?!
The Washington Post has come out with a map that shows the dominant racial ancestry in the United States’ 3144 counties. Some results are not surprising: Did you know that there are a lot of Irish people in Boston? It’s not a surprise to see African Americans dominate the South and Mexicans dominate the border counties.
The comments on this article re: why people would identify as “American” annoy me. I’m from Appalachia, and my family (with the exception of my Irish grandfather) has lived in East Tennessee for over 200 years. I know my family, and a lot of others from rural Appalachia, and even some cities like Asheville, Charleston, Chattanooga etc, identify first as “Appalachian” or “Hill” or some other variation of these. Even though I’ve spent my whole life in a Southern state, I consider myself to be Appalachian before a Southerner, because there are cultural and historical differences. Appalachian was most likely not an option in this.
I also think the comments highlight how a lot of people outside the South, particularly the rural South, don’t recognize the region as its own distinct culture (that has cultures within a larger one, based on geography. For instance, someone who grew up on the Gulf vs. someone in Appalachia). I’m willing to bet that a lot of people (though not all! I’m sure there were plenty of Murica! Assholes too) that were asked their cultural background/origin in the South answered with “Southern”, and since that’s not a technical ethnicity, chose American to replace it. I feel like this “erasure” (for lack of a better term) of the Southern identity does a disservice in a couple of ways-
1) It allows the negative perception of the South (which I am not disputing at all. This area has serious issues that still need to be addressed) to be the only one associated with the region.
2) it ignores the significant contributions that Black-Americans made in creating cultural markers of the South- the food we eat down here, the music that was created, the architecture, I can’t think of a single (good) thing associated with the South that Black-Americans didn’t have an influence on. I’m not saying Black-Americans should identify as members of this “Southern” ethnic group if they don’t want to (I have absolutely no right), I just feel like there are some very different cultural markers down here that have been created by our history, and it should be acknowledged.
TLDR: Ethnicity and Regionalism are complicated yo. This map, and the discussions it sparked need to recognize that.
Also, I’m gonna be at work when this is queued to go up, so if people respond, I promise I’m not ignoring you! Or you may have just looked at this and thought “This shit is long, and I do not care”
from me to you, tumblr friends!
And then we could go to pancake houses! Because Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge has a fuckton. And we’d rent a cabin (case that’s super cheap down here.), and get drunk!
Tumblr weekend planned!
Why can’t all you tumblr frayns come down here??? We could all go to Dollywood!
I actually…liked it?
Although, I totally said “Fuck off” out loud when Fitz asked where Olivia was, and Mellie had to comfort him.
I hope Olivia stays gone long enough that she’s able to totally disengage from these people, and be a normal human being who doesn’t think Fitz is a good romantic prospect (that is totally not going to happen).
Excited to see if Jasika Nicole will be on next season, because YAY ASTRID! YAY FRINGE ACTORS GETTING WORK!
Bye Harrison, I told you were in danger, girl.