Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
The one I hear still and it burns me is:
When your house is untidy, or your yard: "Jeez, it looks just like an Indian reservation!"
Diana Mitchell, in Victoria, BC
A photograph of the Santa Clara reservation in New Mexico seems to belie the stereotype. It looks like a typical rural neighborhood to me.
From what I've seen, poor, rural neighborhoods—white or Indian—sometimes look unkempt. I figure it's because poor, rural neighborhoods often don't have regular garbage service or nearby junkyards. Or perhaps they're too preoccupied with basic survival to worry about a little untidiness. (That's my excuse, anyway.)
Would anyone else like to elaborate on Ms. Mitchell's comment?
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