First and last time I post about religion.
With little effort, I've made it to +Cam Loon
's ignore list, but let me reply anyways. Maybe +Sandy Perez
can relay this message to him. (You're the only person that +1 his asinine comment so I'm assuming you're both friends.)+Cam Loon
I thought we could keep this civil, even after viewing your page. You obviously have strong views on religion, politics, and world events, but you have trouble controlling your emotions and articulating your thoughts. So let me expand on my words to help you and others understand my point of view.
I felt "alienated and uncomfortable" because everywhere I went, I was STARED AT. It's like they've never seen an Asian person before. The people I got a chance to interact with responded to my kindness and respect with hostility in their body language and voice. (Ironically, similar to how +Cam Loon
is responding to me.) Then when my white friends talked to them, those same hostile people would morph into sweet, warm country folk. I get a lot of hostility down here in Houston, but it's never been as focused as my experiences in the Bible Belt. I was absolutely not welcome there.
It was "culture shock" because the dialect was very different than what I'm used to. I'd even say it was "charming" if anyone actually smiled while they talked to me. I remember stores having strange schedules. From my experience, the entire city of Charlotte, North Carolina shuts down on Sunday, nothing opens until noon, and everything closes at 6 o'clock. Of course, that's just one isolated incident that I remember, but that memory stuck with me. I remember not being able to purchase alcohol on specific days/times, yet seeing hard liquor available for purchase at gas stations. Really different rules (that I personally have a hard time comprehending) than the rest of the country.
I traveled to Georgia when I was a child (to visit a cousin), Arkansas as a teenager (to visit another cousin), and North Carolina (karate tournament), South Carolina (wedding), and Louisiana (karate tournament) as an adult. Even though I visited those places at different times of my life, I still got the same vibe from everywhere in those states. Basically, it felt like I was an outsider and they did not want me there. (With the exception of New Orleans which just seemed like a party town to me.) So that's my hypocrisy in a nutshell.