Making fun of someone's weight.
Not playing with someone because he or she can't run fast.
Teasing people because they speak a different language.
Calling people names because of skin color.
Ignoring someone because he or she is in a wheel chair.
Not letting a girl play with trucks because she's a girl.
Not letting a boy take dance lessons because he is a boy.
Students of US culture will have little difficulty in understanding the sources of the details of this myth. The South is thought to be rural, backward and uneducated; its dialect is quite simply associated with the features assigned its residents. NYC fares little better. As one of Labov’s respondents told him in the mid 1960s, ‘They think we’re all murderers.’ Just as US popular culture has kept alive the barefoot, moonshine-making and drinking, intermarrying, racist Southerner, so has it continued to contribute to the perception of the brash, boorish, criminal, violent New Yorker. Small wonder that the varieties of English associated with these areas have these characteristics attributed to them.