BURROWS: My small town upbringing means I can be as racist as I want

Joe Burrows
Joe Burrows

Alright, let me set the record straight. I’m from a small, rural, agricultural community. That means something around here. It means I am comfortable driving anything from an ATV to a pickup. It means the whole town goes dead on Sunday mornings. It means that everyone knows everyone.

It also means I can be as racist as I want.

Thats right. Sorry if it’s a tough pill to swallow, but you had better get around to it. Some might call it “being narrow minded,” but I like to call it “being right.”

My complete lack of meaningful interaction with any minority population should not only be accepted, it should be appreciated. Without me, who else would give opinions on matters of racial equality? Someone who has actually witnessed the hot button issues of today? Not on my watch.

People just don’t get it. Driving on those gravel roads growing up taught me a few things. Small town values, work ethic and an embedded sense of support for our men and women overseas. When some big city football player goes against those things, well, let’s just say it proves me right again.

All of these people protesting “police brutality” or whatever have it all wrong. I’ve lived in the same town for 20 years, and never once has a police officer had to fire their weapon. Also, everyone knows that if you don’t want to live in a “racially segregated area,” you just have to move. I really don’t see what the big deal is; people move all the time.

It’s all about the big picture here. You city folk just don’t understand it. There’s no such thing as systemic racism or whatever buzzword you’re using these days. 

So yeah, you can say whatever you want, but I won’t listen. These small town values aren’t gonna be going anywhere anytime soon.

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  • Betsy F. Yerguns

    Love.