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UC Berkeley instructor bashes rural Americans

by Paul Goldberg

A UC Berkeley graduate student and instructor on Wednesday argued that Americans who live in rural areas have made a “bad decision” for not moving to an urban place and should be shamed for it.

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The tweets: In a now-deleted Twitter thread, Jackson Kernion, who described himself as a Graduate Student Instructor at Berkeley who has taught 11 philosophy courses there since 2013, expressed his opposition to implementing affordable healthcare solutions for rural Americans, reported Campus Reform. Being in favor of it is like saying rural Americans should “be subsidized by those who choose a more efficient way of life,” he wrote.

“Rural Healthcare Should be expensive! And that expense should be borne by those who choose rural America!” he wrote. “Same goes for rural broadband. And gas taxes. It should be uncomfortable to live in rural America. It should be uncomfortable to not move.”

He then added: “I unironically embrace the bashing of rural Americans. They, as a group, are bad people who have made bad life decisions. Some, I assume are good people. But this nostalgia for some imagined pastoral way of life is stupid and we should shame people who aren’t pro-city.”

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Kernion later apologized for the “tone” of his message, but not the content of it.

Critics pointed out that the food for the cities is grown in rural American and that they don’t have a problem with the “tone” of his remarks, but his politics.

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