South of the Border
Just, the name of it makes it sound cheesy. When you find out that it is in South Carolina, the red flags start waving. For hours, you will see the billboards dotting the sides of the road with countdowns starting at 100 mi away. What I’m sure was once a booming rest area in decades past, has become a symbol of why stereotypes and cultural appropriation can be an issue in our society today. Fiberglass statues of Mexicans, dressed like they were taken straight out of a Speedy Gonzales cartoon cover the parking lots. A giant sombrero floats above the entrance. A 97 ft tall statue aptly named Pedro guards the site. Interestingly, the history of the site is quite a story.