Originally Posted by Expat
I cannot believe that Joyce Meyers has suddenly become the voice of St. Louis. I was suprised to hear she is from St. Louis, because I don't recognize her accent. She said her father was a factory worker from the back hills of Kentucky. No doubt, moved to St. Louis for work, like so many southerners did in those days.
St. Louis was and is a port city. And a boomtown for decades. People came from all over. Houston probably has people with Chicago accents, but that doesn't make Houston a midwestern city.
Oh Lord. Meyer is not "the" voice of St. Louis, she is simply "a" voice of St. Louis. Further Expat, SHE was born and raised in St. Louis irrespective of where her father was born. You also help to validate my point by suggesting her father was a migrant to St. Louis from Kentucky. How? All of my family in St. Louis has southern roots too - paternal and maternal. ALL of them......which is why many of them STILL have southern-tinged accents, mores, customs and traditions, which is no different than Joyce Meyer who was born and raised in St. Louis like me and my family. Her unrecognizable accent makes her no less of a St. Louisan than you living in Boston, STLgasm living in S-D or the CWE or Jack Dorsey living in the Silicon Valley.
And where is it written or who here suggested that St. Louis is
a southern city? Why is there this desire by y'all to disconnect St. Louis from the obvious? It's kind of condescending. Confederate history is all over that place as well as the Union's. And I've often heard an expression that St. Louis is still fighting the Civil War. Black vs. White, North vs. South. A desire by some to minimize its Southern influences and associate more with northern cities. Maybe it's true.
And if half of Chicagoans moved to Houston, after a while, the Houston Texas twang would change a little, but nobody would ever mistake Houston for a "Midwestern city". It's nowhere near the Midwest like St. Louis is to the South. Face it y'all, St. Louis is southern "influenced", however that doesn't negate other regional influences obvious in St. Louis. And it certainly doesn't negate the fact that St. Louis has cultivated its very own regional culture, which is recognized by outsiders.
Say what you want, many cities in the South are kicking the Midwest's ass (including St. Louis') lately in almost every economic indicator. Cities like Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte are taking care of business. Even in a down economy, they are still kicking the Midwest's butt. Nashville (5 hours from St. Louis) is on the rise too.
I know some St. Louisans want to minimize its southern side, but obviously there are some notes to be taken. It ain't all bad in the South.