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For one, those of you using the word ‘ignorants’ or ‘unillegally’s really, seriously need to learn your own native language, which I assume is English. How in the world did basic grammar escape your life experience? Were you in the shopping malls instead of school? Well, the least you could do is edit and proofread your own posts because it’s fairly ironic for a person who cannot spell nor determine proper case of a word to be blathering about how people from this or that state or ‘ignorants’ ROFLMAO!!!
For two, anywhere you go in this country you will find something to be unhappy about. Adults understand you take the bad WITH the good. This results in you restraining an apparent tendency towards what only sounds like whining. If you’re going to give critiques of a place, at least try to make them sound like intelligent, thoughtful opinions versus internet blabbering.
I have lived all over this country. And I will say that while there are many aspects of the South I enjoy, ( e.g. outdoor life due to less industrial development as opposed to Southern California ), the mindset in the rural areas is far less progressive than what you will generally find in California. And I would also advise that you beware the Redneck Landlord. Southerners are very good at smiling and ‘being polite’, to use the phrase of others here, but this makes them no less wily nor willing to burn you than any ‘Yankee Trader’. In fact, the native rural Southerner take a great deal of pride in having ‘bested’ an outsider. My advice would be that you, from the beginning, read any lease very carefully and any objections discussed BEFORE you sign it. An attempt will be made to put you at ease with a, largely, spirit of false friendship.
And it is true, probably more so, believe it or not, in North Carolina than any other Southern state ( and I’ve lived in all of them ), is overtly racist, sexist, and homophobic. There’s a church on every corner and if you are an atheist, you’d better keep your mouth shut about it or risk being linked with the Devil LOL I have heard the ‘N’ word used openly here more than anywhere else. If you are white, the assumption will be that you don’t like ‘the blacks’ either. Don’t believe me? Pretend you’re not progressive. Wait for them to open up. You’ll hear their TRUE thoughts fairly quickly. And I’ve met men in the South who participated in gay relationships but who adamantly insist that ‘the gays’ are wrong and perverse and should shut up about their ‘lifestyles’. It’s very bizarre in that regard.
Also, as an aside, I’m not sure why some of you insist on attacking Southern women so much harder than you seem to the men. The men in the South are the larger problem, socially speaking. Control freaks, paranoid, hateful, and all while spouting faith in their god aka “Gee-zuz”. There’s no religious tolerance to really speak of. Finding anything other than a Methodist or Baptist church in rural areas will be very, very difficult for you.
The South is also infested with Masons. Their creed REQUIRES them to show preference to another Mason. This results in business started and primarily populated by Masons and local and state politics are heavily loaded with these sorts of ‘brothers’. Pay attention and you’ll see the immense amount of Masonic symbols everywhere from auto garages to courthouses to graveyards and churches.
The upside to the Southern states is a better air quality than Southern California and plenty of beautiful public parks and facilities. Once established as a resident, there are also very helpful state org’s that can assist you if you happen to be hit by bad luck in your life ( which happens to most people, at least once ). South Carolina, where the biggest Masonic lodge is btw, is not, IMHO, nearly as geographically pretty as North Carolina is. SC is a little flatter, but it has some very nice towns with great restaurants and night life.
The cost of living in NC is very, very high. So, although it has many beautiful areas and would be a nice place to raise kids, you are going to get rammed up the backside. One thing Californians forget is that most of the other states, with the exception of Florida probably, experience all four seasons. Winter really is Winter in Virginia and SC, and sometimes northern Georgia. You will pay high energy costs to stay warm.
The upside to the South, though there are some areas that are not very good, ( such as Durham, NC which is considered ‘The Detroit of the South and certain parts of Atlanta ), is that the violent crime rate is low compared to other areas in the country.
BTW, if you go rural in Montana or Idaho, you will find much the same cross-eyed, backasswards mentality as you do in the South. Some of the most outrageous and politically conservative and militant folks make their homes in those states.
I would suggest first deciding what kind of weather can you imagine yourself tolerating? Does cold for months on end bother you? Don’t move to the mid-Atlantic area, or the North. Do high taxes bother you? Same answer as before. Do you prefer a more progressive mindset, one that is not supportive, in general, of bigotries? Stay out West or move to Northern California. Frankly, as far as that goes, just make sure wherever you move that you tend towards the city rather than the rural areas. The rent will be higher but you won’t have to contend with angry little rednecks with inferiority complexes they interpret as ‘Southern Pride’.
And please, if you have any respect at all for the topic or this website, LEARN HOW TO SPELL AND COMPOSE A PROPER SENTENCE!! If you’re not going to do that, then don’t make a total ass of yourself writing about ‘unillegally’s, ( when did that become a word? can you find it in any credible dictionary? if you have plans for college, you’re going to be challenged beyond your abilities and will likely need lots of ‘pre’ classes aka ‘bonk bonk English’ before spending time in core degree classes ), and ‘ignorants’.
And finally, ‘unillegally’s are nothing new to California. Learn some History for pete’s sakes! If the migrant workers stopped doing their jobs, the bottom would fall out of the produce industry over night and the rest of you would whine and whine about having to pay $6 for a bag of apples instead of $3. So THINK about the situation and stop just repeating the hyperbole you hear on the news or coming out of the moronic mouth of guys like Beck and Limbaugh.
The ‘illegals’ are here to stay and I welcome them. They work hard, love their families, and try to improve their neighborhoods. You don’t think so because your standards are different. Go live in Mexico for awhile, and you’ll see how much better it is here for them and that’s why they come. I’d rather, for the sake of their own culture, they stay in Mexico and try to change things. And maybe one day that will happen. I think in a few decades you will see many of them return to Mexico because they will have more affluence and skill, and will likely feel a historical sentiment for it. Regardless, they are human beings and don’t deserve the outrageous, reactionary, frightening levels of hate directed at them.
Don’t be fooled. History repeats for those who ignore it. Germany need a scapegoat during rough economic times and Hitler gave it to them: the Jews. It justified all sorts of horrific, hellish human behavior and is a legacy we are still trying to move on from. I’d hate to see Americans adopt the same mindset and turn on the Hispanic population simply because they are frustrated with their own lives.]]>
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