A woman named Leah Singer recently wrote about her decision to leave California and move to America’s heartland. She claims it changed her life for the better. She wrote the piece for the Indianapolis Star but it got picked up by USA Today:
I moved from a blue state to a red state and it changed my life
I used to say I’d never move to a red state. And then I did. And it’s changed my life for the better.
In July 2016, I moved from San Diego to Terre Haute when my husband received a job opportunity at a local university. At 41 years old — at midlife — I moved from the blue, liberal left coast bubble to a rural, Midwest, Rust Belt red state.
I was raised in California, where we like to believe diversity is applauded and opportunities abound. In many ways, California’s blue state bubble can be a very safe place to live if you subscribe to the popular liberal politics.
Over and over, I was questioned about why I would ever leave the Golden State for a “flyover” red state. This phrase alone troubled me, and the implied perception that one flies over the Midwest just to get to their East or West coast home…
As I got to know my new Midwest home, I realize how living in a bubble and subscribing to the Middle America stereotypes is truly damaging to this country.
While it is true there are far fewer African-Americans living in Terre Haute than San Diego, that doesn’t mean the city is a bastion of racism either. In fact, very few people know the Lost Creek community in Terre Haute was a stop on the Underground Railroad that helped escaped slaves enter the free state of Indiana before the Civil War.
Read the whole thing.
If liberals truly wanted to understand their fellow countrymen, they should try visiting a red state. They would be pleasantly surprised.