Call Center Purgatory <$BlogRSDURL$>
Call Center Purgatory
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
  Redneck Prejudice

Several days ago I realized that there is no end to the kinds of prejudice we all experience. I was talking to someone at work about some of my customers from New Jersey, how they seem like crooks, and how they can be hard to deal with. It was a very mean and callous thing to say. I realized that when this person became hurt and said "Don't say that, I'm from New Jersey." I quickly apologized for this. It wasn't true either, there are plenty of nice honest people from New Jersey, its just the bad people are so memorable.

In an episode of karmic fair-play, I was on the receiving end of the same kind of prejudice just lately. I found myself offended when someone started talking about how ignorant rednecks are. I'm not ashamed to be labeled a redneck, I probably define it differently than others, though.(Click here to read my definition of a redneck versus white trash) This person did not mean to hurt my feelings. They had some bad experiences with people identifying themselves as rednecks.

Just the same, both of us were prejudiced against different groups of people. There's a sociological term called outgroup homogeneity that explains that we fail to see the distinctions of people outside our own group. The most common example is when one racial group says that people from another group "all look the same to me". But it goes farther than that, this sense of indistinctness causes you to be unable to recognize personality traits as well as physical characteristics. Unconsciously, we label this group of "others" as possessing all of those negative stereotypes that have become ingrained in our national psyche.

We all like to think that we have become so politically correct. But we have just traded prejudices and redefined which groups it is permitable to judge wrongly. We have built up a library of regional prejudices that go beyond harmless jokes. All rednecks are bigots, all people from the North East are arrogant, all people from the West Coast are flakes and all Southerners are ignorant.

One of the reasons for all these labels is that we have a need to explain why what we believe to be right is not recognized as right by the others in the world. Sometimes it bothers us when we hold a truth as universally true, and yet other people mock it or vehemently disagree with us. There are several options, we could be wrong and they could be right, or both of us are wrong. Or it could be that our perceptions of the issue are so different that both of us are right.

Instead of searching out why these people see things differently, we so often take the easy way out. The other group must be wrong. Whether its gun control, abortion, religion, all of the other hot button issues, instead of trying to at least understand why they think the way they do, we find it easier to just define them as all wrong.

Don't misunderstand me. I'm not calling for the sacrifice of truth on the altar of tolerance. There are absolute truths in the world. But your view of truth won't be less true if you take the time to understand exactly what it is that others believe. It will either make your own sense of truth stronger, or it will help you redefine what is true.

Ultimately, any of us could be wrong. There's no need to add rudeness to ignorance.

Thanks for reading,


My parents are rednecks and I make fun of them all the time. You know, just because they're my parents. :)

Me personally, I don't get hurt when people start making fun of "my" groups (liberal/vegetarian/Atheist)--I get annoyed, because so often, it's based on half-baked ideas from TV.

Yeah, that's it. Let's all blame TV now!

Hello, my name is Lou. I am 6 years old. I am blind from birth, and
profoundly different in my head...
One year ago, my daddy decided to create a webblog to share with people the slightly crazy experience of my discovery of life. Now, after a great success in french (I'm french speaking), this blog start to be translated in english progressively, but it's very difficult to let it discover to the english web community.
So, if you are curious, let come visit my blog and if you like it, refer it.
Thank you.
Lou (through daddy's words)
Wow way to hijack the comments. Not even one word pertaining to this blog. Perhapse I will now be prejudice against you - thinking you are selfish and one track minded
anyways - some profound thoughts and rather true
I don't want to be politically correct. It's been taken too far here in NZ. It frustrates me to see this. Does that make me prejudice?
I don't want to be politically correct. It's been taken too far here in NZ. It frustrates me to see this. Does that make me prejudice?
No BB. It does not. Political Correctness is one of those things that started out as trying to encourage tolerance, yet there are certain factions of the political correctness movement that has almost become so fascist it could be compared to Spain when Franco was in power. He would not allow certain languages to be spoken. I don't know about NZ, but I have heard of the new laws about speaking about religion in the UK and they are incredibly short sighted. They are a step back in time for free speech and open dialogue.
The real trouble here is those of us from New Jersey are evil crooks who hate all of you. No seriously. We don't think very highly of you unless you are from New Jersey. And even then, its probably better if you are from North Jersey then from South Jersey. And it would best if you had lived here your entire life, and if you haven't, you'll always be a second class citizen.
Post a Comment

Exploring the mind numbing insanity and childish corporate culture of an unknown call center employee.

Purgatory: A place of suffering and torment with an unknown duration. In Roman Catholic Theology-the place where the dead are purified from their sins.

Email:anonymous.cog at

"One must know oneself, if this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life, and there is nothing better." -Blaise Pascal

The Cog is listening to:
"Wake Up"
By Rage Against The Machine

Search this site powered by FreeFind

Here's my RSS(XML Atom) feed

Visit Anonymous Cog's other site: Poverty,Politics,and Faith

Call Centre


"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle." -George Orwell


February 2004 / March 2004 / April 2004 / May 2004 / June 2004 / July 2004 / August 2004 / September 2004 / October 2004 / November 2004 / December 2004 / January 2005 / February 2005 / March 2005 / April 2005 / May 2005 / June 2005 / July 2005 / August 2005 / September 2005 / October 2005 / November 2005 / December 2005 / January 2006 / February 2006 / March 2006 / April 2006 / May 2006 / June 2006 / July 2006 / August 2006 / September 2006 / December 2006 / August 2007 / September 2007 / September 2011 /

Powered by Blogger