Ten Stupid Things People Believe About Dallas
Not everything is as upside down as it seems...
The myth of Dallas often eclipses the actual city. Thanks to Dallas the TV show, Dallas the city lives in the shadows of oil rigs, oversized cowboy hats and big money. Stereotypes aside, we're creating our own identity that is actually pretty awesome. It's time to put down the cowboy boots and Cadillacs caricatures and acknowledge what is actually true about this city we inhabit.
We've rounded up (no, not with a lasso) 10 of the stupidest things out-of-towners believe about Dallas. Instead of explaining that you don't own a pair of cowboy boots for the 10th time, shatter Dallas' worst stereotypes with this truth-bomb.
We're all conservative Republicans.
Even if the (overwhelming) majority of the state likes to vote red, like the other major urban areas in Texas, Dallas is full of left-leaning Democrats, believers in climate change and progressives of all stripes. There is a thriving gayborhood and we're soon to be home to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, which is like flipping a massive bird at our bass ackwards state politicians. Elected officials in this city are responsible for proactive domestic violence prevention programs, a cutting-edge prostitution diversion plan, and most recently, housing unaccompanied immigrant minors while other cities and our own governor protested. It's also worth noting that in 2012, President Obama handily defeated Mitt Romney in Dallas County.
There's no culture here.
Sure, we've got a reputation for being a soulless business hub, but even the snobbiest art, music and theater fans can find something to love in Dallas. If you're too indie for the fresh-from-NYC touring theatre companies and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, try experimental theater at Ochre House Theater or Dead White Zombies or a weird local noise band at Club Dada or the off-beat Two Bronze Doors. Do you really think that Erykah Badu would live in a place that was completely devoid of culture? Nope.
Much to the chagrin of the fans who still cling to the good old days, not everybody here loves "the Boys." Dallas has a healthy number of transplants. The people who move from Pittsburgh and New York to take advantage of Dallas' comparatively low cost of living and lack of a state income tax certainly don't leave their sports allegiances at the door. Even if Jerry World bleeds blue and silver, sports bars host healthy rivalries. And you'd be hard pressed to find a Romo fan.
Dallas is full of rich people.
Zillow.com Most of us can't even afford that fountain...
Sure, high profile residents like Mark Cuban and George W. Bush and a ridiculously high percentage of billionaires per capita may be swimming in money, but most of Dallas still swims at local, public pools. By and large, we're a middle and working class city. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census, $56,945 is the median household income in Dallas, which is higher than both the state and national average, but solidly middle class. Still, one in four people in Dallas lives in poverty, so the wealth here isn't as equally distributed as people might think.
Sigh. Even though Dallas is the home of Neiman Marcus and a global fashion (read: shopping) destination, people still believe that we're lacquering ourselves in Aqua-Net and teasing our bleach-blonde tresses up to be with Jesus. With the sheer number of "salons" like Dry Bar that will charge you $60 to dry and flatten your hair with a hot iron, you'd think this one would've died years ago.
We all sound like a bunch of ignorant hicks.
Elaine Liner And they say Southern accents sound dumb...
When visiting the Jersey shore, Dallasites might sound like sweet Southern belles. If only those brusque guidos knew that the rest of the state considered us the snooty cousin who adopts a British accent after studying abroad. The Dallas accent is much more Midwestern than any drawl from the Deep South, with just a touch of twang thrown in every now and again to keep things interesting.