We’ve all been the victim of a stereotype. At some point or another, someone assumed something about us, based on general facts or appearance, and their conclusions were way off. It’s an event that regularly takes place, no matter where you live. More common, however, are stereotypes on a broad-based spectrum. Like assuming everyone from Boston loves beans, or that everyone in Southern California surfs. Without having been there, or hosting any interaction with a certain place or the people who live there, you know what the public tells you. Whatever the media has posted online, that’s your understanding. And nothing else. But just like you might realize from stereotypes in your own dwelling, most are exaggerated or untrue. Which is exactly why we’re putting together this rumor-busting series. Where we talk about each American state and pair what others assume about its location vs. what’s actually taking place. In alphabetical order, for your organizational convenience. First up, Alabama.
5. What “IS” Alabama?
The state was admitted to the Union in December of 1819, making it the 22nd United State. Today its population is 23rd in the nation, and 30th in landmass. Its largest city is Birmingham, with more than 1.1 million residents, and the capitol, Montgomery, trails in as its fourth-most populated city/metropolitan area. A state located within the deep South of the United States, Alabama has had its controversies over the years. Including those of allegiance and race, and more recently, football. However, it’s also known for a rich history, including both American culture as a whole, as well as civil rights movements and the civil war. Most notably, the state is known for growing passionate citizens who strongly boast about their homeland, and especially their region, as well as religion. Recognizable names include: Hank Aaron, Nat King Cole, Coretta Scott King, Harper Lee, Willie Mays, Rosa Parks, and Hank Williams – all of whom are famous Alabamians.