Day 35: Coasts

Dear District-dwellers.

Northern Californians hate the term “Frisco.” Southern Californians recoil at the faux-surfer accented “dude.” And all of us detest that dated etic term “Cali.”

Now, I’m quite aware that California has certain natural and cultural advantages that may arouse jealousy in visitors or colleagues from other climes. Good weather, good music, and a dominant position in popular conceptions of American hedonism all play their part in our lives, too. That said, stereotypes hurt, as they play up misconceptions that hide our serious problems. The shorthand “Cali” blankets those misconceptions and attaches an unfair stigma to those of us willing to endure bitter cold to explore the way that our beloved country works.

So please, DC, do the right thing and stop using “Frisco” “dude” and “Cali.” Epithets hurt. And hurting is never funny.

And jokes about weed and Arnold? I suppose it goes to show why Hollywood is in California – your mockery, though painful, lacks originality.



About spsukaton

Indonesian-American Bruin, fourth-generation Adventist, history student, saxophonist, singer, writer/editor. Born in Pittsburgh, raised in smoggy Southern California, looking for a way to live and leaving scribbles in my wake. In the beginning was the Word, and I'm kind of obsessed with it.
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