Shame on me for not posting on V-Day! So, let’s double down with W.
I say West Virginia, you say ___________________.
Go on….fill in the blank…the first thing that comes to your mind is ______(what)?
Did anyone think…hillbilly…coal miner…squirrel hunter…or another word that stereotypes West Virginians?
If you did…you’re not alone. Making generalizations about people based on where they live happens all the time. I live in Pittsburgh so most people assume that I’m a beer-drinking Democrat who loves the Pittsburgh Steelers. If you’re from West Virginia, most everyone in the States would generalize you as a hillbilly. Why? Because we open our local newspapers and read articles like these:
2 PLEAD IN THEFT OF JERKY
Two West Virginia residents who were stopped with a back seat full of stolen beef jerky pleaded guilty on Tuesday to summary charges in district court.
Police stopped the 1992 Chevrolet Cavalier because the license plate was dangling. It was then that “a large amount of boxed and packaged beef jerky was observed in plain view on the rear seat,” police said in a court affidavit.
The two men, who are cousins living in Milton, W.Va., appeared in court…
Police said the price of the salted beef was estimated at more than $200. At the time of their arrest, the men told police they were headed to Pennsylvania, where a relatives’ car had broken down. The cousins admitted to stealing the goods from various auto-parts stores and gas stations along the way, police said.
The pair “attempted to sell the items to various people to cover travel expenses and gas money.”
The judge told them not to return to the area. “No we, won’t. Sorry your honor,” they said.
Can you even imagine the conversation that these two had when they were coming up with this idea?
Hey, Bubba – we don’t have any gas money.
That’s okay, Billy Bob, I’ve got an idea. Let’s steal beef jerky from gas stations and then sell them for 50 cents a piece at highway rest stops. That should cover us.
Hey you…wanna buy a Slim Jim?
How is your area stereotyped? Are there any aspects of your own personality that meet the stereotype?
On Friday, I’m doubling down with X and Y. Saturday concludes the A-Z Challenge with a real zinger!