Friday, February 12, 2010

Sometimes Southern California People Just Don't Get It

Having lived here for the past 3 years, I sometimes wonder if it's all the sunshine that's addled SoCal people's brains. Often they just seem so oblivious to the rest of world including history, culture and geography (I've met people here who can't point out all the 50 states, let alone name 1/4 of them. And this is someone who has graduated college).

A lot of people have never lived anywhere else and it really shows.

I've had people here act as if they are experts on race relations, despite the fact that in the whole city of San Diego there are like 2 black families. There are tons of Mexicans but the vast majority of white people don't have any Mexican friends and vice versa.

Having lived in Detroit, Philly, Virginia and Atlanta, which all have a sizeable black community, I think it's hilarious when people here talk about black and white race relations. Too funny.

Especially because they think they actually know what they are talking about.

However, the kicker today was when I was driving behind a BMW with a Che Guavera bumper sticker on it.

C'mon. Really?

You're driving one of the most expensive cars out there in one of the most expensive cities in the United States and you put a picture of a South American Marxist on your bumper.



  1. Thanks for sharing this! I can tell that you too have been exposed to other cultures, and it's great you have this knowledge! It's sad because I noticed this too while I was on my last visit to America in conversations and more. Most will never understand until they've been away for a while. It is something which no book cover, no water cooler conversation can even scratch the surface of and no news story can report.

  2. Isabella-

    Thanks for the comment :D
    I'm not trying to pass myself of as an expert on anything, but it is tiresome when people, who have no knowledge of a subject, try to argue it and they're so sure of themselves. lol. oh well. what can you do?

  3. Ha! After 7 years here, I can say with all of the love in my heart that SoCal culture is an aquired taste. You hit the nail on the head with the Che Guavera reference.