Opinion: Some North Country residents have antiquated attitudes about immigration, race, class, says Morristown man
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 9:54 am

To the Editor:

If you truly want to understand why El Caudillo Del Mar-A-Lago has his tiny little fingers within inches of the nuclear football, I’d recommend traveling to Northern New York, the land of the red MAGA hat.

Visit the local bars and do what I normally do, sit back and listen, and avoid what I occasionally do, push and prod and argue back, which sometimes gets these people angry enough to want to fight, which of course they like doing.

I’ve never been in a fistfight in my life. I’m smart enough to get out before their anger boils over. And then I write letters revealing their antediluvian attitudes, like I’m doing now.

There’s the guy who said we should round up 100 illegal immigrants, line them up and shoot them. “That’ll send a message to the rest of them!” But, oh no, not all immigrants are bad. So many various bar patrons like to point out that their ancestors were “the right kind of immigrants” who came here for “the right reasons,” not like today’s immigrants “who just want a handout” when they’re not trying to steal our jobs, import terrorism, and “change our culture.” Immigrants can be divided into the good and bad ones, just like poor people!

As many an imbiber likes to say, there are the good poor people who try hard, but most of the poor people are just oh so lazy and always playing on their Obama phones. One guy said we should take away welfare and food stamps because starving poor people is the only way they’ll get the message that they need to get off their butts and work.

There’s the guy who thinks that Black Lives Matter protesters should “go back to Africa” if they don’t like it here. But, don’t worry, he’s not racist and, really, none of them are. Just ask them! There’s another guy who actually says the N-word but don’t you dare call him a bigot.

Like the people described above with the magical ability to distinguish between good and bad poors and good and bad immigrants, he says he totally has black friends and carefully distinguishes between the “good ones” and the ones he calls the N-word, who do bad things like sell drugs and sag their pants.

I’m sure all these attitudes are due to economic insecurity!

Sean Pidgeon