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Posted Thursday, December 6, 2007, at 11:09 AM

Yesterday in the news room, we were all talking about how a police car was stopped in the McDonald's parking lot Tuesday evening. I happened to be at McDonald's that night, and saw about five Shelbyville police cars surround this one police car that was apparently pulled over because the driver was wearing orange -- he looked like a convict.

We were discussing this yesterday and it made me think of when I was pulled over on Thanksgiving day in Alabama for no reason. I told my co-workers about my story. My husband and I were driving through the map dot town of Snead, Ala., on our way back to Tennessee. We had spent the day with his family in Walnut Grove, Ala., just outside of Snead.

We were pulled over for nothing other than my Jeep having New York license plates (I spent the summer in NY with my family, purchased my Jeep there, and haven't put TN tags on it yet). As the trooper approached my Jeep he looked scared to death of what or who he might find in the vehicle. The trooper was very cautious as he talked to us for awhile. He made sure the vehicle wasn't stolen, and made sure we didn't have weapons or drugs before letting us drive away.

Later that day, staff writer Clint Confher told me that years ago when he worked in some other area in the South he'd check police reports daily. He said officers were required to check off a person's ethnic background after issuing a traffic ticket. So on court day, the judge would see the report showing him that so and so number of hispanics, African americans, caucasians, eskimos, etc., had been pulled over.

Eskimos? In the South, I asked Clint?

Eskimo was code for all the damn yankees speeding on southern roads where Clint worked.

Having moved to the South from NY five years ago I have been called a lot of things...but never an Eskimo!

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-- Posted by David Melson on Sun, Dec 9, 2007, at 10:03 PM

Justunjust may have misspoken or had a bad day...

or that individual may have learned how to behave in a much MUCH warmer climate (like the one Michael Bell keeps warning folks about).

We have our share of people from,shall we say,the DEEP south but if one treats them with love and dignity like everyone else,it gives *them* megrims and collywobbles so they go home without our even pointing our middle finger in the direction they need to take to get there.

To all you folks who aren't sure about newcomers: try the hint above.

The worthwhile people will want to put down roots and be one more asset to our community.

If they're not the better sort,all that sensible behavior and hospitality will be such a culture shock that they'll flee before any of it can rub off on them.

Try it out!

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Dec 7, 2007, at 8:24 PM


-- Posted by Justunjust on Thu, Dec 6, 2007, at 2:50 PM


Please look over the idiot remark copied above. I met you, when you came out to do the Veteren's Day piece at Sanford. I don't care where you are from, I & most people here KNOW that you are good people and I'd prefer to keep you and send Justunjust just anywhere, but around here...I could say more, but that wouldn't be right either, so I'll end by saying welcome to the T-G blogs.


-- Posted by HorseGentler on Fri, Dec 7, 2007, at 10:44 AM

Eskimos? LoL (This is not intended to be rude at all). I have never heard of such a creative steriotype. The things people come up with. Tisk Tisk. I have two boys, and I refuse to teach them any kind of prejudous, or mochery. I hope other parents feel the same way. It's bad enough we (as a society) hear racist remarks, but when same race people start proding at eachother, it is just inmature. I don't see yankees and southerners, I see One country that needs some moral work.

-- Posted by Mary on Fri, Dec 7, 2007, at 10:34 AM

I growed up in a very small Allybama town and ain't never been to fond of them Yankees. Most of um tends to thank that just be cause we is country that we are dum and ain't got no education. I just don't understand why…

My first experience with a diverse populace came when I moved to the cultural Mecca of Shelbyville. I had much to learn about acceptance, tolerance, and embracing diversity. Heck, I had a lot to learn about living in a house with indoor plumbing and having lights that could be turned on without a match to light the wick. I have been here long enough now that Shelbyville feels like home, and I have met many wonderful and welcoming people in this town.

Since my initial escape from Alabama, I have had the opportunity to travel and work at various locations throughout the country (even yankee-land) and have learned that it is indeed a self-defeating attitude to reject the insights and positive qualities of others regardless of ethnic, cultural or geographical background.

Hang in there Sadie. Don't allow one distorted perception of paradise send you packing for the land of long winters.

-- Posted by Rufus1321 on Fri, Dec 7, 2007, at 9:26 AM

But them chiggers sure had some friends of ours cussin like crazy. Glad they had left by the time they found out.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 6, 2007, at 6:56 PM

Count me in with Steve,C and K.

As we locals would say it: "Y'all stay rat cheer."

Some folks just haven't gotten over their qualms about Northeners.

(You'd never guess this was Union territory.)

They ought to give themselves the chance to really know the good people we've acquired from elsewhere.

Most of y'all are sweet as pie and have some horse sense.

I'd like to think that applies to us homegrown folk as well.

The smarter folk will welcome your new gifts and perspectives.

As for the rest,just because someone knows Shelbyville is pronounced with two syllables doesn't mean he's omniscient and infallible.

Sad,to say,some of the folks out there are the kind who give trolls a bad name.

Think of them like the horseflies: a nuisance but no reason not to enjoy living here.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Dec 6, 2007, at 5:15 PM

Hi Sadie,

It must be something about Alabama....Chris and I were coming back from Talledega in October and we got pulled over in some small town. We weren't speeding, headlights were all working, etc. We had just purchased a brand new car and had a drive-out tag on it and apparently, the Trooper didn't see it. We saw him sitting in the median and Chris saw him pull out and told me he was going to be pulled over. In just a moment, the blue lights came on. He was nice enough, but I think he was just looking for something to cite us for and he couldn't find anything. My dad was several car lengths in front of us and he pulled over and waited on us to make sure all was okay.

As far as the previous poster saying you should move back to NY and Clint should move back farther south.....no matter how he (or she) intended that comment to be, it sounded pretty rude to me. We hope you stay in the south and continue to be an "eskimo."

C & K

-- Posted by k_collins39 on Thu, Dec 6, 2007, at 3:57 PM

Maybe that came out the wrong way? Sorry it was on your first blog Sadie.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 6, 2007, at 3:20 PM

Now,that's one take on the end times I hadn't heard yet.

Relocating Sadie and Clint will bring about Paradise?

Ah! Our losing them must be part of that nasty period of tribulation!

So,we get them back when the good guys win.

We can't have tooo many Inuits around here-no matter what the traffic's like.

If we did,there'd be more Painted Lady and bungalow homes being preserved and somebody would have opened a restaurant that serves beef on wek.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Dec 6, 2007, at 3:14 PM

Justunjust...What the???

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Dec 6, 2007, at 2:53 PM


-- Posted by Justunjust on Thu, Dec 6, 2007, at 2:50 PM

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