Stigmatized Is Filled With Dirty Words - Austin Is Not Weird

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Author: Patricia Feager, 2/7/2018

 

While meeting up with other AR Bloggers and Agents from across the country this past Monday, I met a CRS, GRI lady from Austin named Carrie Weikert from Coldwell Banker. Although, I wasn't in direct conversation with her, I overheard part of the conversation and what she said got my attention! You see, to many people who aren't from Carrie's city, Austin is often referred to as weird, as in the phrase, "Keep Austin Weird!" Although I don't know how the conversation started or what the exact words were used, my immediate reaction was she took offense, and rightfully so. To stigmatize a city or any human being is to be described as a "disgrace," a dirty word,"of great disapproval." Subsequently, during the last 48 hours, all I've been thinking about was that phrase that so many people have come to know and use as a tag-line to the beautiful city of Austin. 

 

 

 

As a society, people grow up and things go out of fashion. Is it time to stop assuming that everyone is okay with words that cause stigmatization? How do we overcome the hurtful legacy of calling a city like Austin, weird? Why not, "Keep Austin Beautiful?" Furthermore, why should there be this expectation "To keep Austin weird?" Just because something may have been acceptable at one point in history, such as when Austin started getting labeled in the 1960's as being weird, does it have to stay that way forever? I'm curious. What do you think about that?

 

Patricia

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Patricia,

As I see it, it is the nature of human beings.  When I moved to Los Angeles to work on my Master's Degree at USC, I heard all kinds of demeaning things about Los Angeles.  Weird would have be a kind word compared to the stuff I heard.  When we moved to Napa, one of our neighbors was so upset that she told us, we were going to become winos!  The "napkins" those who lived in Napa hated the "LA" types, and luckily we managed to skirt that label, and then there was San Francisco and all the labels that people had...The LA time calls Santa Barbara the "sandbox of the rich".   

As someone who loves branding, this is the dark side of it!  Yet, I still think that people ought to laugh and no be so sensitve to the spewing of ignoramous asses!  The more you give them attention, the more power they get...just my humble opinion.  A

Feb 07, 2018 10:40 AM #1
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I read with interest your comments. First of all, because I don't have the experience you have in CA, all of that name-calling is shocking to me! It's the first time I'm hearing about it. So thank you for educating me on this topic, so near and dear to you.

From your perspective, I can understand where you're coming from now, only because these past few years, it is almost an embarrassment for me to acknowledge where I was born and raised in Chicago. Assumptions are dangerous! Place of birth is just a matter of shuffling the deck. Kids don't have any control over it. We all need to deal above board and treat others respectfully without labeling and/or name calling.

Reflections hardens us against the unpleasantries of life and what other people think. Bottom line, it's what we think that matters. Your last paragraph was like uncovering precious jewels in a sand pile on the beach. As I pondered, I thought to myself, those that bare the faults in others has no courtesy. Why give them fuel to ignite their own fires? Thanks! 

Feb 07, 2018 10:54 AM #2
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Patricia,

I have fond memories of Chicago.  We did a seminar on relationships there many years ago.  My parents flew in from Minneapolis to attend.  We had a great turnout.  We love the culinary scene there, and I am hoping that one of these days we will have the pleasure of working with a company or agent there.  A

Feb 07, 2018 11:11 AM #3
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Patricia Feager
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - It is nice to know you have fond memories of Chicago. I always thought the culinary scene there was as good as it gets next to being in Tuscany and cheaper too! 

I hope you have the pleasure of working with a company or agent there too. 

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We are seeing lots of articles about the Eagles fans and their celebrations because of a few thugs who are not true fans. Our city has been typecast because fans threw snowballs at Santa, so we understand what it means to have a word tagged on to you. I have never been to Austin although have heard lots of good things about it and maybe one day will make a trip.

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From what I know, Austin loves being weird.  They're famous for music venues, and UT.  Recently, there's been a massive influx of IT, new construction, and it is losing that character.  They don't mean it as derogatory, it defines a counter-culture that they're proud of.  It's Texas, but it's not Texas. 

 

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