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Old 11-22-2016, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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An Insider's View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America | Alternet

I've never lived in rural areas so I have no idea if his depiction is correct.

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Old 11-22-2016, 06:56 PM
 
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No, it's not accurate. No article that paints an entire group in such broad stereo types is accurate. This ismerely one person's perspective of their own personal interactions with people. It certainly isn't based on actual research using carefully researched unbiased questions across a random sample of the population with all the other rigors that go with actually following a scientific methodology. The author is just as stuck in his/her own precepts and is as unwilling to see other perspectives as the poor souls forced to interact with him/her are portrayed in this article.
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Old 11-22-2016, 07:40 PM
 
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Lol, no. Not even close. It describes a very small minority. The most amusing aspect is that the author does a better job of showing their own lack of understanding of their own self, and fear of acknowledgement (which is what they were trying to paint on others). Irony....
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Old 11-22-2016, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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He sounds like a bitter born again urban liberal with the same zeal of some new born again Christians.

There are 100,000,000 people in 'rural America' covering 2,000,000 square miles, do you really think they're all the same? Look at it from the other side, do you think everyone in every city is the same? Are people in Miami, New Orleans, Dallas, San Francisco or New York all the same? Of course not, just like people in every rural area aren't the same.
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Old 11-22-2016, 08:35 PM
 
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Funny, "rednecks", "crackers", "hillbillies", " white trash" etc., meaning white men of lesser income regardless of their residence and education (neither education nor urban residence mean much without cash as far as labels and stereotypes go) are the last social group one can demean, insult, make fun of, feel superiror to, etc. without a bit of outcry, condemnation, or even a frown. Every social group insults them with impunity, even the lowest destitute ghetto types may crack a "redneck" joke not speaking of feeling superior to that particular group of the whites. Suprisingly, this particular kind of bigotry doesnt offend coastal "elites" in the least. Everybody has to feel superior to something. In the case of the USA, "rednecks" and "white trash", not minorities or gosh forbid blacks, are that special group everybody else uses as a punching bag and a reference point for one's self worth.

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Old 11-22-2016, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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I've never lived in rural areas so I have no idea if his depiction is correct.
It's ridiculous to say the least, some of us are actually college educated, tolerant of gays and minorities despite the fact we wear carhartts to church.
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Old 11-22-2016, 09:44 PM
 
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I lived in a rural area for twenty years. While I agree that rural and/or poor whites are often the targets of extreme bigotry, I regretfully have to say that I find much of this article to be spot-on.
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Old 11-22-2016, 10:27 PM
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Location: The middle of nowhere
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An Insider's View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America | Alternet

I've never lived in rural areas so I have no idea if his depiction is correct.

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I live in a small city in the most rural, white, conservative part of the country. Where I live is literally the buckle of the Bible Belt. If there is anywhere the article should apply to, it's where I live.

The article is true for a lot of people here but it doesn't describe everyone. If you go to an Independent Fundamental Baptist church in this part of the country, you are likely to see a picture much like what is painted in the article, but there are people here whom that doesn't apply to.
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Old 11-22-2016, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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Where I live is literally the buckle of the Bible Belt.
The Bible Belt is not a literal belt and thus lacks a literal buckle. The word does not mean what you think it means.
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Old 11-22-2016, 10:56 PM
 
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I live in a small city in the most rural, white, conservative part of the country. Where I live is literally the buckle of the Bible Belt. If there is anywhere the article should apply to, it's where I live.

The article is true for a lot of people here but it doesn't describe everyone. If you go to an Independent Fundamental Baptist church in this part of the country, you are likely to see a picture much like what is painted in the article, but there are people here whom that doesn't apply to.
I agree it doesn't apply to everyone. But, where I lived, it applies a very significant portion of the population.
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