McLoughlin column helped perpetuate Southern stereotypes
I chuckled my way through John McLoughlin’s Oct. 5 column, “Honey Boo Boo, Cable Star.” I have never seen the show to judge for myself, but his comments are in line with other [things] I have read in the print media.
In Mr. Loughlin’s column, the words “Mississippi” and “disdain” appear in the same sentence; therefore, before I make my comments I need to introduce myself. I am a female senior, born and raised in Mississippi. I am well educated, and for 12 years had a professional job as a physicist and mathematician.
I left my professional career to raise three children, all with the same father and conceived in wedlock. I speak the American version of English with correct grammar but I have never been able to lose my Southern dialect. However, I can be clearly understood when speaking.
Now, about the shoes and teeth he mentioned. I have worn shoes since I could walk. Have you ever heard of hookworms? As for teeth, mine are beautiful and the real deal. I trust Mr. McLoughlin and his sister know that a good percentage of the people in the South are like me, and became successful. To look at the people of Mississippi with disdain seems to be a bit harsh and snobbish. However, his sister is correct about there being many examples of what he labeled red-necks. These families can be found all over the United States.
If the truth be told, the citizens of the United States are bombarded with an unrealistic view of reality in all forms of media. Even though I laughed at his article because it was indeed written in a clever funny way, I was also saddened to realize that the Learning Channel show, along with other media comments about the show and family situation, paint a negative picture of a region of this country. The information presented in this type of entertainment show contributes to the formation of the negative stereotypes that are formed over time about different ethnic groups or regions.
Honey Boo Boo’s family, and the small percentage like them, do not define the South anymore than a few rude, pushy, aggressive people define New York.
All citizens, along with all forms of media, should be sensitive to the negative picture we often paint of various groups or regions in this country. No state is immune to problems. As a civil society, we should all work together to rid our country of hurtful negative stereotypes.
Anna S. Hershey
How about equal time and cash for prostate cancer?
While watching my football games Oct. 7, I couldn’t help but notice all the pink. Ah, yes. It’s October. Breast cancer awareness month. And I started wondering about prostate cancer, and why there is no similar awareness for that disease.
It turns out, after doing some Internet research, that prostate cancer, like breast cancer, has its own color — blue. And its own awareness month — September. And the number of victims are similar, though breast cancer does kill more women.
However, only prostate cancer is completely gender-specific: There are a small number of men who die from breast cancer (about 5 percent).
But I didn’t notice a sea of blue at football games last month (except for the New York Giants game). I don’t notice 5K races being run by men and women. I don’t see blue magnetic ribbons on cars.
Most tragically, however, is not the lack of awareness but the lack of funding. Federal funding for prostate cancer is less than half of that for breast cancer.
Judging by the number of men who run these 5K awareness races, and by the pink at football games, I get the impression that many men care just as deeply about breast cancer as do women. But women seem completely uncaring about prostate cancer. So how about it, ladies? Don’t you care about your sons, husbands, brothers and fathers?
Romney ran roughshod over rules at debate
With all the praise being heaped on Mitt Romney’s [debate performance], did anyone notice that he was obviously rude to the moderator? This reminds me of the “stories” told by his friends from school that he was a bully.
Several times when being told his time was up, he continued to rattle on. He actually spent a fair amount of time repeating himself, and still was extremely short on specifics. In my opinion he was ignoring Mr. [Moderator Jim] Lehrer and his allowed speaking time, and still had no understandable “solutions” to the nation’s problems.
I do not defend President Obama; he was certainly not as aggressive as I would have liked. But at least at the end of the debate, he took the time to say “thank you” to the moderator, the University of Denver, etc.
Which takes me back to my original thought — Mr. Romney appears to think that it is OK to ignore the rules, and that doesn’t impress me at all.
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