My local National Public Radio station is in the middle of its frequent pledge drives. The other day, after a segment on “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” in which a proper English actor who appears in “Dowerton Abbey” was asked about the American television program “Honey Boo Boo” (which by the way he answer all three question correctly), the station broke to a fund raising appeal. One of those on air voices said so assuredly and with a slight hint of irony proudly proclaimed, “she knew nothing of who or what Honey Boo Boo.” I only know of “Honey Boo Boo” by what I have read, I have never seen the program about a poor white family in Georgia whose daughter appears in beauty contest.
The comment of NPR on air voice and her apparent disdain of whatever “Honey Boo Boo” is; reflects the divide within our nation. Her attitude is reflective of those of us who live along the east or west coast, who are well educated, who consider ourselves progressive in thought and action, who despite all our rhetoric look at those like Honey Boo Boo with distain. Or as a rather snobbish friend of the family once exclaimed, “You know he is not like us, he is from the crouch of America.” He was speaking about a very well educated man who was born and raised in Nebraska, but since he was from the Midwest he was not like us on the East Coast.
This also explains the politics of our day on issues ranging from Gun Control, Obama Care, and affirmative action. Whereas those living along the East and West Coast can find legitimate reasons for restriction on gun ownership, or why we need Obama Care, or even the need for affirmative action. For those like Honey Boo Bo and here family the words of the constitution are clear “you can own guns, there ain’t no need for the guvment to tax me for health care, hell I just eat and do what I please, ain’t no guvment going to tell what to do, hell all affirmative action is giving my job to someone who don’t deserve it.”
Poor whites, which Honey Boo Bo represents, see the elites of the East and West Coast as ruining this nation, taking us away from our roots. There is a divide in our nation, a divide as wide as the Mississippi, a divide which threatens the very soul of our nation.