It all goes back to fear. Fear of change, of the different.<quoted text>
we're in houston frequently & live in a suburb of dallas. our lake house is about 1.5 hrs NE of houston and i have family in louisiana - so i've seen what you're talking about.
the areas are seriously economically depressed with very little employment possibilities. the school systems suffers because of the lack of tax money being brought in via the property values and businesses.
there's serious racism against blacks and latinos - sad, really.
i have to honestly say that when my family & i head back home to my small home town (about 1.5 hrs NE of dallas), there hasn't been the problems the past decade or so - maybe back in the 80s is the most recent of issues. my graduating class from HS seemed to have a large number of gays and lesbians - not sure why. but maybe that had an impact on the rest of the residents of my home town - many had relatives they knew personally that were homosexual & had to come to terms with it.
but those pockets, like the one i wrote of prior.....i don't get it. that town has access to news, media, employment, etc. i don't understand where that bigoted attitude comes from, much less when directed towards other races. in this day and age.
Have you ever been to Ellis Island in New York Harbor? They have examples of fear based news article in the early 20th Century. the quotes are straight out of Topix haters' scripts, danger of disease, danger of inclusion, drain on taxpayers, sexual attacks, and so on. This was about Irish and Russians and Jews, and just normal people coming to the new world for some peace of mind.
We all know the things said about African Americans who wanted to be treated as human beings in the 60's.
It never changes. The newly established pull up the ladder behind them, after they have grabbed a rung for themselves.