Hello, Urban and Coastal Progressives ~
We really need you to WAKE UP!!!
Stop leaving “woke”minorities in the hinterlands without resources. Stop using the word woke. Because you’re not.
You are on notice, all of you hipsters and poseurs living without care and concern for the other segment of American society that does not fit your narrative of Other.
Here is some perspective.
West Virginia, a state with five electoral votes, voted for Bernie Sanders and Donald J. Trump during the primaries. All three presidential candidates visited West Virginia, yet only two garnered popular attention. And when it came time for the Nov. 8th election, the entire state of West Virginia, every county, it appears, went for Donald J. Trump. This, despite the fact that Sen. Sanders asked his base to support Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Where were the hipster, progressives in this Appalachian-edition of this presidential election? Who is responsible for leaving progressive minority Appalachians in the woods — without resources? After a period of cooling off, You must own your neglect and get with the people.
West Virginia, and other “rust belt states,” appear to be having an identity crisis. The progressive left caused this identity crisis through social distancing.
Yes, the highly educated, highly leveraged, hipster-left, with their safety-pin solidarity, owns Trumpism as much as the Republican so-called “alt-right”.
To the progressive left, I say:
- Stop shunning women, minorities, and the minority working class.
- Own racism.
- Stop the neglect and maltreatment of women, and LGBTQs.
- Evolve into a geographically inclusive #strongertogether powerhouse where “different” progressive voices rise.
I now live in West Virginia (near Western Pennsylvania) and have seen first-hand the Left’s great challenge when it comes to capturing the hearts and the minds of potential Democrat voters located in the “rust belt”.
The way forward includes the great Obama coalition merging with the Sandersistas and strengthening ties with like-minded souls living in non-urban communities.
Do this, and maybe, just maybe, the popular vote will matter in the Presidential election.
Neglected Minority Elite