The majority of stereotypes and ideologies originate from a person (or group) that has rarely, occasionally, or even never truly experienced a culture. It’s more of an ‘outside looking in’ phenomenon that comes with ‘typing’ a place when you’ve never really gotten to know the place or culture to begin with.
I think we can say this is true for North Carolina. We have a number of stereotypes…some hilarious and true and some that are complete nonsense. Like these 10!
1. That we hate transplants.
Plenty of people move here daily from other states. We're warm, welcoming, and genuinely excited to have new faces here. But, it becomes a problem when they force THEIR culture on ours. Transplants need to know this is our home...our traditions...and our culture. That's the main issue when it comes to the great transplant debate.
2. That we all smoke or dip tobacco.
Just because we grow it doesn't mean we smoke it!
3. That Charlotte is all bankers and 'finance bros.'
Sure, Charlotte is 2nd best to NYC in terms of finance and banking. But, as North Carolina's largest city...there's so much more to the QC. The art, film, photography and music scene is very active and alive. You'll always find someone looking to collaborate on a creative project here!
4. And Asheville is all hippies.
You'll find plenty of families, corporate young adults, retirees, and tourists in this city. Sure, the hippie culture is prevalent, but it's more a stereotype than reality.
5. That we have beef with Ohio.
More like Ohio has beef with us. North Carolinians generally mind their P's and Q's when this issue arises. It's the ones from Ohio you find starting drama about the first flight in comment threads (on some of my articles actually). Also, a large amount of people from Ohio move to North Carolina...so, why you gotta be like that?
6. That we're all like characters from The Beverly Hillbillies.
Being below the Mason-Dixon line generally lumps you into this category (for lack of a better word) of southern righteous redneck. North Carolina has all levels of 'southern' just like each state has a diverse amount of northerners, midwesterners etc. North Carolina IS southern but we're also very cultured, into the arts, and have our own unique southern culture. This doesn't mean I don't know a few Beverly Hillbillies...but not everyone is like that.
7. That we're all either Duke or Carolina fans.
As our native duty, we HAVE to pick a side...but we also have so many amazing colleges and universities with great sports teams. Not to mention an abundance of professional sports. UNC v. Duke matters but it's not our entire world.
8. That we favor the beach over the mountains or the mountains over the beach.
Sure, everyone has their 'favorite' but we don't have to decide so you'll find us enjoying both year-round.
9. That we can't make up our minds when it comes to politics.
Red vs. Blue is very close here....scary close. It's not so much that we're an indecisive state as a whole, but the concept of 'conservative vs. progressive' is very prevalent. At times, our culture can seem like a contradiction (sweet tea and biscuits for breakfast and tofu for supper) but North Carolinians are just complex people...with complex views.
10. That we're all alike.
North Carolinians are about as diverse as the beauty and landscape of our state. It's the way we like it and at least we can all agree on one thing....we love our home!