Our nation may be the United States of America, but we’ve probably never been more divided since the Civil War. Evidence of that is everywhere we look, but it’s most obvious when coastal elites share their opinions on what’s wrong with the rest of the country.
Over the weekend, Melinda Byerley — the founder of Timeshare CMO, a tech start-up in Silicon Valley — offered her thoughts on what heartland states could do to attract more jobs, especially technology jobs.
It did not go well. She has since made her Twitter feed private.
According to The Daily Caller, Byerley had wrote: “no educated person wants to live in a sh*thole with stupid people.”
You see, it’s OK when a liberal technology exec calls a large portion of the country something like that, but Heaven forbid Donald Trump thinks that about a third-world cesspool like Haiti. (Of course, Haiti is a horror show compared to its neighbor, the Dominican Republic, which puts a big hole in claims that Trump’s alleged comments were “racist.”)
Byerley wasn’t done, though. Oh no, she had more wisdom for we lowly peons. You see, it’s not just that we live in s***holes and are stupid people, but we are also “violent, racist, and/or misogynistic.”
Nevermind that all the #MeToo abusers are from New York, Hollywood, and D.C., which are loaded with liberals, and are also among our worst hotbeds of violent, racist gang activity. Byerley and her fellow elites “would like to live a more rural lifestyle,” but argues they “won’t sacrifice tolerance or diversity to do so.”
It doesn’t sound like she offered any evidence to support pretty much anything she claimed.
It’s enough to make me wonder if she’s actually been to any of these states. Maybe that’s the problem?
These states are filled with good and decent people who don’t care about skin color, gender, or anything else. Byerley clearly wasn’t paying attention as they showed their true colors last year, risking their lives to save anyone they could during the Houston flooding.
Byerley did mention one thing that might approach legitimate criticism, though she went over the top and into stereotype territory in the process. She argued that rural American towns have “no infrastructure, just a few bars and a terrible school system.” Well, no. Most have a lot more going on than just that. However, many places do lack high-speed internet, something essential for technology companies to function.
Byerley just illustrated why so many of us who hail from rural parts of this nation absolutely despise self-anointed elites like her. While she takes a dump on our entire lives, she masks it as if she’s doing some kind of “tough love” bit. Like she’s doing us a favor.
Let me speak for a large number of rural Americans when I say that we don’t need Melinda Byerley’s advice. In fact, if what we’re doing is a surefire way to keep people like her out of our communities, I say we keep up the good work.