An instructor at UC Berkeley argued that "rural Americans" are "bad people" who have made "bad life decisions" in a tweet that he has since deleted.
UC Berkeley instructor Jackson Kernion said that "rural Americans" are "bad people" in a recent tweet. Kernion, a graduate student studying philosophy, has taught ten courses at UC Berkeley over the past few years. The tweet, which was highlighted this week by Campus Reform, was deleted after it sparked criticism from other Twitter users.
"I unironically embrace the bashing of rural Americans. they, as a group, are bad people who have made bad life decisions. Some, I assume, are good people," Kernion wrote in the deleted tweet. But this nostalgia for some imagined pastoral way of life is stupid and we should shame people who aren't pro-city."
"It should be uncomfortable to live in rural America. It should be uncomfortable to not move," Kernion wrote in a follow-up tweet.
If you have never used a pickaxe - as in the mining business
If you have never used an axe - as in the timber industry
If you have never used a washboard and wood-fired cook stove - as in mother/housewife
If you have never used a meat cleaver - as in a butcher
When I was growing up and attending school, I remember several teachers telling us that there is much more to the world than our rural surroundings and that
we need to get out into the world to see how much more there is...they knew that many of us would follow in the footsteps of our parents/grandparents and continue
living/working in our rural surroundings and never realize there is more in life that is out there.
It is painfully obvious from statements made above that the "city" kids weren't being told by their teachers that there is much more to the world than just their city surroundings.