1. WE DON’T HAVE RACISM.
Admittedly that’s a generalization. “Racism” and various other forms of bigotry can exist anywhere.
Something i witnessed the other day at school made me happy the other day. A bunch of us were hanging out in the lobby & a girl was asking another girl if she was going to be attending “Black History night” at this other guy’s place. They started giggling at his promotion of it … who he had invited, who he had jokingly not invited, how he was going to serve “fried chicken and water melon” while watching “black movies”.
You’re wondering how this blatant & offensive stereotyping has anything to do with my claim that we don’t have racism. read on …
I was impressed by the conversation (and those that sprang from it) because no one was ‘walking on eggshells’ or being extra cautious. no one was worried about offending someone … it was all matter-of-fact, and, if anything, a mockery of “big city racism”. I was impressed that these girls (who are ‘black’) were not afraid to talk about this stuff with a bunch of white kids, or to mock the other student who was having the ‘nights’ (also ‘black’).
there’s probably a lot of back story to this that would put it in better context, but the important thing is that in our town(s), whites and blacks don’t get all awkward and weird about race. it’s perfectly fine to tease back and forth playing up the ridiculousness of the stereotypes because we all know that no one is seriously offended or offending. conversations about race are so few because we really don’t care about race, and there are so many other things to talk about.
when i was in ‘the city’, however, this was NOT the case. if whites and blacks were talking and it was ‘friendly’, there was always some sort of acknowledgement about race … black girl might be saying “yo white a**” to be funny and white boy might be trying to talk ebonics to be “cool”. if the conversation wasn’t friendly, black woman would turn her back on the whites and talk to someone else as if anyone not “of color” didn’t exist. whites would generally get used to it and ignore back.
2. OUR MERCHANTS ACTUALLY DO STUFF TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT.
In an article today, a local grocer has installed LED lights in their freezer section that turn on only when someone is standing in front of the particular rack. When asked about the LEDs, the grocery chain’s spokesman said “they help lower the store’s environmental impact”.
I know some ‘big city’ companies plan to do things like this, and some do a little here and there, but it’s not popular to point out that these rural communities – the one’s who have been “organic” for decades – are usually at the forefront of real environmental change.
3. MY KINDERGARTEN-AGED SON KNOWS THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Yes. he surprised us the other day at dinner by reciting the pledge of allegiance from memory – including the “one nation under God” part! In our state, unlike “progressive” states, our children can be taught to do the pledge. whoo hoo! Not only that, he had a valentine’s day party and a CHRISTMAS party, among other things. Does this mean the school is pushing ‘religion’ on kids? No! but it does mean they get more cupcakes and tradition during the school year than kids in more “liberal” areas do.
4. THE ‘ORGANIZED RELIGIONS’ DON’T GO OUT & START PROBLEMS WITH PEOPLE THEY DON’T AGREE WITH
You could probably argue that it’s because people who usually clash with ‘organized religion’ – gays, teenage mothers who want abortions, and people who found moral values ‘too restrictive’ – avoid these parts of the country like the plague, and maybe that factors in a little …but religions here band together. each summer there is a multi-faith community improvement project (usually some kind of environmental thing), when young girls have become pregnant, they band together and set up the wedding, etc. I guess what i’m trying to say is two things:
first, when you hear of churches going out of their way to protest and cause trouble, you’re either not hearing the full story or it’s one of those rare instances where you’ve got a cult masquerading as a church (like the westboro baptists). real people of faith tend to be more loving than hateful, and it’s rare, even in the face of antagonism, to see them respond impolitely.
second, people of faith generally have some kind of ‘work ethic’ as part of their set of ‘moral values’. conversely, people who are anti-‘values’ usually don’t have that same ethic, so they seek places to live that have a high hand-out rate, or that support the selfish and distorted unrestrictive lifestyle that such people want to live. Big cities are full of that kind of permissiveness … and that kind of lazy.
Heh heh! It’s funny how some of these words are still used, even though they are soooo far from their definition!
Where’s the democracy in democrat?
What’s “Liberal” about restricting children from celebrating tradition?
How “Open-minded” are you when you are anti-monogamy, anti-religion, anti-marriage and anti-heterosexuality?
Why are people who rip out essential parts of society and culture, slowing or reversing the growth of the people/the nation/the world called “progressive”?