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A liberal writer is now apologizing after saying more jobs would come to Middle America if people there weren't so "racist" and "stupid."
"I spoke about middle America — my birthplace — inartfully and disrespectfully. I'm sorry for that," Melinda Byerley, a San Francisco-based contributor to the technology website VentureBeat, tweeted Sunday.
The apology came one day after Byerley tweeted her thoughts on "what middle America can do to get more jobs in their area."
"One thing middle America could do is to realize that no educated person wants to live in a s**thole with stupid people. Especially violent, racist, and/or misogynistic ones," Byerley wrote in a post addressing "What middle America can do to get more jobs in their area." She added that when companies decide where to build call centers, factories and distribution centers, they look at small towns and see that they "have nothing going for them."
"So if you want jobs, clean up your act and make your town a place that people like us want to live in. ... Make it a point to elect a progressive city council and commit to not being bigots," Byerley said, adding that more people "like" her "would like to live a more rural lifestyle, or at least a less urban one."
She noted, however, "we won't sacrifice tolerance or diversity to do so.
"We especially don't want to live in states where the majority of residents are still voting for things that are against their own interests just because they don't want brown people to thrive," Byerley said.
Until that happens, the liberal writer said that the "best and brightest" will keep on living on paycheck to paycheck in places like San Francisco, rather than live someplace where they would have to deal with "bigots and backwards ideologies every day."
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)
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