Ranting on Small Town America
Why? Click Here to read this article as seen on Yahoo! from the Associated Press.
Then read on.
OK, Read it? If not, go back and actually read the article.
For those than refuse, here is the summary:
A family moved from the high paced, crime ridden life of Miami (and yes, I know all of Miami is not that bad) to Hazelton, and small town in North Dakota. They did this because the small town advertised some perks to move, build, and develop there for both persons and businesses.
The family took up on both.
But shortly after their arrival, the family was basically shunned by the community that really didn’t want new people, and threatened by another business owner. They were also determined to be drug dealers because they own a Lexus and jewelry.
Doesn’t sound like small town America, right? … you know the Happy Days small town American you always hear of – good welcoming folks bringing welcome baskets to a new neighbors house.
I bet when you read that article too, it sounds familiar, because you’ve probably seen it happen in your own town – especially in a place like Pittsburgh, and the surrounding areas.
That’s extremely sad, because basically you send a message to new people moving into your community that sounds something like this, “Welcome new neighbors, here is our documentation on how we cut our grass, speak, breath, crap, and play … follow those to the tee, or leave now. Even though we want your money, we really despise anything new that could change or better our lives.”
Sounds a little drastic, right?
Let’s see here …. the people moving in were opening a new coffee shop, or store, or starting a new manufacturing company which would have provided better paying jobs and quality of life for you … and above is the way they get greeted?
Sounds even more drastic now, doesn’t it?
Makes you wander why people in America are not seeing small town America as the land of dreams, but the land of pre-determined discrimination, crushed hopes, and a total lack of grace.
Would you want to live hear?
Small town American needs to wake up, as it truly is the bread and butter of this country (not the big box companies and most believe), but if it keeps on shooting itself in the feet, it isn’t going to have toes, ankles, or legs to walk on – and the sad thing is, that is actually happening.
Got news for small town America – the old eventually dies, and if the new haven’t been allowed to move in, your whole town eventually goes bye-bye.
PS – Where did my America go??? You know, the one my Grandfather fled Hitler and Nazi Germany for?