Stereotypes, Hillbillies, and the Truth

Stereotypes are an interesting part of social psychology. We use this aspect of information gathering to make assumptions and conclusions about the world and the people who move around us. These supposed opinions are not always correct versions of reality. Yet, they persist.

As such, we tend to want to group people according to these stereotypes.

One such stereotype that persists is the one about hillbillies. According to comedians, popular culture, TV, and movies, hillbillies bring a definite image to mind. Drunks, dusty clothes, illiterate, uneducated, uncouth, and mountain people.

But what is the real truth about ‘hillbillies’? What is the truth? Can we separate it from the stereotype or is the stereotype so ingrained, so treasured, that we cannot pull fact from fiction?

Join me as we discuss these issues with author Debbie Richard. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or you can download the WLUV radio mobile app today. Any way you can, join us.

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