Dear Rural, White Americans:
I’ve been reading a lot about your struggle – and boy does it sound terrible. The good news is, there’s plenty of advice available if you just take the time to listen.
It’s pretty simple: America is a land of opportunity. There is free education for anyone who is willing to take advantage of it. There’s plenty of financial aid for a college degree if you’re motivated enough. There’s no such thing as systemic inequity and it’s not the government’s responsibility to fix your problems. Stop doing drugs. Get a job. Take responsibility for your life and stop blaming other people for your drug use and poverty. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Stop whining and start working.
Every other demographic who is given this advice when concern for their community is raised