We were just talking and my co-worker is outraged that Tennessee schools can now teach creationism in science class and legally hate on Muslims and all the things that are going on in the state legislature this session and I said to her that I don’t really find it angry-making. What I find it is, for me, anyway, is sad.
Rather than sit down with Tennesseans and say “The old jobs are gone and they aren’t coming back and there aren’t going to be enough new jobs to go around, so if we want to compete as a state, we’ve got to be the brightest, most tolerant, most accommodating motherfuckers in the land,” we’re instead saying “Oh, sure, you can hate on gays and Muslims and women and teach what you think are Biblical truths all throughout your public school systems” to a bunch of Tennesseans. We’re basically saying, “Y’all go stand under this glass ceiling! Have fun. You can have every shitty thing you want, but we’re just neglecting to tell you that winning on every shitty thing means you never get to rise up high enough to get the good stuff.”
And that sucks. And I love you, Tennessee, so I know you’ll sit under your glass ceiling and convince yourself that you want to be there and that it’s better there than it is where the people who shooed you over under it live.
But I wish that weren’t so.