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oneye

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You think the coastal elites, bigger cities, media, pop culture, etc ..... acting like these rural american towns are just full of uneducated, stupid, racist, uncultured, inferior, simpletons has something to do with that?
It does. There’s a reason rural America is divided from more urban America. When you do those things to the people who live in rural America, they’re going to tend to fight against you at every turn. I grew up in a rural town, not tiny but a town of only around 10,000 people including surrounding communities. I’d like to see growth in these areas like getting rid of things like this. There’s a lack of understanding of one another more than anything.
 

oneye

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“I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it,” he said. “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

- President Lyndon Johnson

I think this is a big chunk of it. I also think the anti-establishment culture of rural areas is strong in southern Utah. It’s weird to me and hopefully is being studied by social scientists. But there’s a real need for rural towns to flip “the establishment” the bird and establishing its own more masculine and edgier culture. I have relatives in southern idaho. Most are pretty chill but some are definitely into the that “small town culture.”
This song encapsulates I think their way of thinking:


What’s weird to me is seeing some of my friends from high schools (I’m in my mid 30s) who have done quite well. They live out on eagle mtn, Lehi, even Heber. They drive trucks worth more than both of our cars (Camry and Accord both 10 years old). They have boats, Razrs, and other fun toys. Many just worked hard after high school and have good looking families. They’re successful dudes. Yet they also have this “attitude.” It’s weird. I don’t get it. Geography plays a major part being from and living in small towns. But not everything is tied to geography.
That song encapsulates things pretty well. For the most part, people in small places just want to be left alone and not looked down upon for living their lives differently.
 

Avery

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You think the coastal elites, bigger cities, media, pop culture, etc ..... acting like these rural american towns are just full of uneducated, stupid, racist, uncultured, inferior, simpletons has something to do with that?
Having grown up in a very small town of 3,000 people, I can also tell you that rural americans also believe that city slickers are wimps, crime-ridden know-it-all snowflakes who can't handle themselves against a baby much less them.

The divide is real, unfortunately. The problem is the extreme polar opposites are the ones that everyone loves to latch on to define the rest. The majority of people I've met everywhere are good honest people; I've met idiots at Shell stations in the middle of nowhere or at Best Buy.
 

oneye

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Having grown up in a very small town of 3,000 people, I can also tell you that rural americans also believe that city slickers are wimps, crime-ridden know-it-all snowflakes who can't handle themselves against a baby much less them.

The divide is real, unfortunately. The problem is the extreme polar opposites are the ones that everyone loves to latch on to define the rest. The majority of people I've met everywhere are good honest people; I've met idiots at Shell stations in the middle of nowhere or at Best Buy.
This is also very true
 

Wes Mantooth

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So somewhat similarly, I matriculated at Trenton State College. About halfway through my time there, the institution changed its name to The College of New Jersey. Why? Because of the connotation with Trenton. a very urban city here in NJ.
 

maradaniels

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Let them be losers if they want to be losers and have a pathetic loser name that will make it difficult for graduates to find work.
 

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