My rural characters aren't backwards. Yes they are from the country and yes they do some country stuff but they are going to be modern-day characters. They do things like use modern-day tech. They know how to relate to, get along with and fit in with urban characters and such.
They are rural caricatures but they act like modern-day people.
People stereotype African Americans and Latino Americans by making them hail from American urban slums. They make them " 'hood" or "ghetto" or "project-y". For some reason some reason people equate "urban" with African American and Latino American.
That's a bit offensive to some people. Not all African Americans and Latino Americans act like they are from the streets. Not all African Americans and Latino Americans hail from American urban slums.
That's a big reason why I don't like a lot of programming on BET and some other African American-owned TV networks like Centric and TVOne. A lot of films and shows about African Americans propagate negative African American stereotypes.
I am not a thug or some kind of miscreant.
I am from the American suburbs. I don't know how to relate to people from American urban slums. I recall living in ghetto-y neighborhoods temporarily with my family a few times, both in Long Island and in NYC. I didn't like it.
I am not putting people down.
I lived in a housing complex with my family a number of years ago around the time we first moved to upstate NY. The housing complex was predominantly Latino. There was an African American family who lived across the hall from us. Most of the Latinos who lived in that complex acted like a bunch of lowlifes. It was disgusting. They persecuted me and my family because we were Christians. Some of them sat outside our window on the stoop drinking and smoking and cussing and carrying on and such. People threw trash everywhere if I remember right. I remember the black lady who lived across the hall from me and my family had delinquent kids. Her kids vandalized my mother's car by scratching it up with a key. I remember people scratched up the door to my family's apartment and threw trash out in the hallway outside our door. I remember kids who lived upstairs from us disturbed us by dribbling basketballs over our heads. Most of the people in that housing complex didn't like me and my family. I remember people were cussing outside of our apartment in the hallway and/or outside our windows and blaring loud disgusting Latin music to offend and disturb us.
We were friends with one Latina lady and her kids who lived in an apartment in our complex. She tried keeping in touch with her after my family and I left the complex.
My family and I learned that after we left that complex living conditions over there got MUCH WORSE.