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Recently I submitted my blog on class bigotry to my local newspaper office as a letter to the editor. It may go into publication.
I am testing the waters in my community to do either one of two things, start an Occupy Movement group and/or make a run for the city council in the next election.
The small town I live in has a population of less than 10,000 and most are poor or in poverty. There is a growing problem in the community of what I call "Class Bigotry" where the poor is viewed as people who play the system and are lazy and just want something for nothing. I cannot count the many times I heard people gossip about their neighbors who draw Social Security for disability. They say "He/She is not disabled ... I saw them mowing their lawn, etc." Also I hear people complaining about people who receive food stamps or get public housing. The funniest one I heard is when someone complains about someone going to a food pantry having a pack of cigarettes in their pocket and a cell phone on their belt.
Often, these people are treated as outcast by other citizens who are poor as well and are too ignorant to know they are brainwashed by the GOP and Fox News Network. The local McDonald's has Fox News playing on a giant flat screen television.
This community needs a lot of help. It's in a lot of ways dying. Worse of all, it's very soul is dying. Any suggestions?