Goin’ South

Firstly, a quick mea culpa to anyone I may have riled up regarding yesterday’s post. I didn’t mean to imply anything along the lines of places not having a sense of community or similar. Rather, I was trying to point out the differences in the planning ethos evident between America, which as a couple of people have since said is designed for the car, and other cities I’ve been to in the world.


‘You’re going South?’ The lady in the Constitution Museum looked at me sceptically over her glasses, then gave me a wry grin. ‘The South is uh… interesting’. If I weren’t already in the South, being as I am in Tennessee, I’m about to be. In a few hours time I’ll be heading on another Greyhound to Atlanta, Georgia.

I’ve talked to a lot of people already on the trip, and when the South does eventually rise, it’s often been treated with either a fond exasperation, a tentative diplomacy, or in a couple of cases outright hostility. Much like a younger brother. And, like a younger brother, what I’ve heard from quite a few southerners is a mix of denials of any wrongdoing and a quiet pride at the notoriety.

The Red-State-Blue-State ‘Culture Wars’ are well documented and discussed, and used to great effect as distractions by local politicians (one southern politician had a platform that included three almost identical pieces of anti-homosexual legislation, presumably in case just one somehow failed to change their minds), but although it’s true that I can’t move here in TN for churches, and yesterday I saw my first ever religious graffiti, sequentially:
“God Loves Music”
“Sheep go to heaven but Satan goes to hell!”
“No talk of Satan!
BE SAVED _ _ _ _
REPENT _ _ _ _”

Which kind of boggled the mind a bit (it being graffiti, I mean). But although there is already a noticeably different culture here, not just religiously speaking, to what I saw up north, I’m of the camp that says most people do hold the same fundamental values, and personally I’m withholding on the stereotypes until I see evidence to the contrary.

But hey, it’s going to be interesting whatever happens.

Especially as a Godless Liberal European nancy-boy.

5 Responses to “Goin’ South”

  1. 1 Michael Robert Knudsen 22/07/2009 at 5:45 pm

    Hey Flippy,

    I’ve been reading your adventures here and on PA. You’re a great writer and I wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying this blog. My girlfriend is from Europe and echoes a lot of what you have to say about town life here.

    If you’re coming to Connecticut at all let me know (knudsenm @ gmail.com), be happy to show you some great restaurants and such.



  2. 2 Michael Robert Knudsen 22/07/2009 at 5:46 pm

    Also, be sure to ask about the Civil War down there. Then ask the same questions up North. You’ll be amazed.

  3. 4 HallowedOurai 23/07/2009 at 1:13 am

    Most of the people you could ask about the Civil War in this area couldn’t give you any kind of correct answer. As someone who went to 13 different schools in this area, none of them teach it correctly. You’d never know economics was a part of the problem.

  4. 5 lemur 23/07/2009 at 1:34 am

    The Civil War is a very interesting thing which is clouded by revisionist history. Do what Mike suggests, but only with people who are at least 60 years old.

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