Are rural, Christian, white Americans scared? You’re damn right they are. Are their fears rational and justified? Fuck no! The problem isn’t understanding their fears. The problem is how to assuage fears based on lies in closed-off fundamentalist belief systems that don’t have the necessary tools for properly evaluating the fears.

This is a damn good read.

H/t private share

http://forsetti.tumblr.com/post/153181757500/on-rural-america-understanding-isnt-the-problem

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  1. I’m from Oklahoma, and live in a high density subburb of Washington, DC. I’ve got a fancy pants degree.

    Very nearly, I know two types of people from Oklahoma: Those with religion, and those who left the state.

    Once, my grandfather said he could have moved to California and been rich. When I asked why he didn’t, he said he didn’t want to live in California.

    Continue this over generations, and the folks who are there after the age of 25 or so choose to be. They choose to be by believing what their parents and grandparents tell them, by not reading, and by going to church.

    Each generation has a chance, and many of us run away to the coastal cities. Those that don’t are angry and believe in their own supremacy. They benefit from the systematic unfairness of the electoral college and a hundred other privileges that benefit them over the rest of us, and complain bitterly the whole time.

    This article sounds exactly like what I believed two weeks ago. I just didn’t think we’d possibly lose.