By Elissa Thompson
In the hearts and minds of many, Texas pride is summed up in four words that have adorned countless T-shirts and bumper stickers for nearly three decades: “Don’t mess with Texas.”
The slogan was first used for anti-litter messages.
A series of 26 TV spots featuring various Texas musicians gave birth to what has become the unofficial slogan of Texas pride.
A CNN article quoted Mike Blair, one of the geniuses behind the slogan.
“The line became bigger than what the campaign was about. It was almost as much about the attitude of Texas and Texans at the time: tough-talking, no-nonsense, go-about-our-business, get-things-done kind of attitude that has always been associated with Texans.”
A friend from Michigan once said she could smell the Texas pride as soon as she crossed the state line.
Is Texas one of the most prideful states in the U.S.?
Here, we take everything seriously. From our food, clothes, dialect, trucks, sports and TV commercials, the pride that Texans have toward their state is overpowering.
Texans have special “Texas” edition cars and trucks they can buy. There are Texas shaped tortilla chips, not to mention the commercials.
From Dairy Queen, Dodge, Ford and Chevrolet, these companies have Texas-themed commercials. Do other states have commercials themed just for their state?
The jingles that are used in the commercials all have to do with Texas, but are they the same for other states like South Carolina?
One commercial jingle comes to mind: Dairy Queen’s “D.Q. That’s what I like about Texas.” It doesn’t sound the same with “D.Q. That’s what I like about South Carolina.”
Clothes are another big issue. “Foreigners” to Texas assume that all Texans are cowboys, though not all of them are.
But Texans make the assumption that a true resident must own a pair of boots. Not everyone in the state owns boots.
So if residents who were born and raised in Texas don’t own a pair of boots, does that mean they aren’t true Texans?
We have many dialects, but the one that reigns supreme is the Southern “drawl.” Most residents have some form of the “drawl,” but some are more obvious than others. Texans love to emphasize the “y’all” and draw it out for as long as humanly possible.
Sports are another huge part of Texas life. From the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks to the Dallas Stars, each major sport is taken very seriously. Texans pay big bucks for hot seats at games.
The state song shows the same pride. “Texas, our Texas. All hail the mighty state.”
Texas is the second largest state in the U.S. and large enough to be its own country, a possibility that some people still advocate.
It is also the second most populous state in the U.S. after California.
Do Texans take a little too much pride in their state? Some of that is good, but people may go a little overboard with their trucks, boots, commercials and sports.
Nevertheless, Texas is a great state, and its residents should be at least somewhat proud of where they live.