Well really, in St. Louis, with Granite City being no exception ... They have a word for it, that pretty much has the same weight as the N word..... that word being HOOSIER. Locally, that word has nothing to do with being from Indiana.
This is a provocative video on the matter, and not my usual posting fodder. [url=
THis goes beyond political talking points, though Steve Bannon, though the embodiment of deplorable, saw something that some still cannot see even to this day.
This isn't a political thing, because this really affects everyone in some kind of way.
I remember the classes at the local four year university. Edwardsville was where the woke white saviors resided (at least in academia) and East St. Louis was the place that you could not disrespect, because the white saviors from Edwardsville were going to study it and some day save it....at least with chalk and blackboard or on an overhead projector.
Granite City was an okay place to hate - because they were that 'lesser' level of whiteness that the Elites had no compunction about looking down upon. Believe me, I have heard the comments..
To this day....if I meet someone from the St. Louis area, we share that common bond....but when I proudly say that I'm from Granite City....they no longer are sure that bond is so common, especially if it's someone from one of the O'Fallons, West County...or within 10 miles of another Dierbergs somewhere.
There is something really disturbing that takes place, that Granite City can be one of the easiest places to hate.
If you ever saw me defend the mayors of the past, it's not so much their Democratic roots, as much as I know them to be some of the few people who love Granite City, want what's best for it, and put their efforts where their sentiments lie.
Too often, people talk it down, want out of it, or just have no concern.
All the same.. this is not a liberal or conservative issue, it's a treating people like human beings kind of an issue.
There is something just as bad as racism towards another race going on here, and it's the separations that can happen intra-racially. (within the race..)
That elitism is not just political. It can more often be economic elitism - and people identified where they went to school, where they live or what they have. Sometimes it's educational elitism.
And there's a fair amount of it in the skilled trades as well.
If anything, politics just capitalizes off of it, either positioning themselves as the choice of the elites.....or positioning themselves as the champion of the burdened non-elite.
And if you're holding steadfast to a side, the same people who believe in today could do a rapid 180 tomorrow.
Another example of this elitism..... Whole (Paycheck) Foods market plays this 'white savior' card perfectly.
In the St. Louis area, this doesn't happen, they're just in the liberal Central West end, then by the Galleria which is a collection of shopping for the region, and then Town and Country, where they can really afford it.
But in Chicago, it plays out just a little bit differently. Yes, whole foods is located near all the urbane locales, the rich suburbs, and the large suburban shopping districts like Schaumburg and Orland Park..... but they decided to place on in Englewood on 63rd Street.
Now, this is a place that couldn't even locate one solitary store south of Interstate 80 in Illinois that I could find anyway. But yet, they are located along 63rd street.
Well, good for Whole Foods for placing an Oasis in the 'food desert'. They tried to be the 'white saviors' of Englewood.
However, when I looked more into this, it doesn't seem like the 'leaders' in Engelwood universally accept Whole Paycheck in their neighborhood.
They have no interest in being where the poor or middle class whites are. It's expedient for them to be in rich areas (where they can afford it), urbane areas (where their tastes are satisfied) and poor areas (so they can look good).
But no Whole Paycheck in Peoria, Springfield, Bloomington....and surprisingly not even one in the Metro East of St. Louis and definitely none south of that.
Whole Paycheck Foods is emblematic of the elitism that may do more harm than good ---- by further fostering division among the white community....and not really doing so much for the black community either, while totally dismissing poor whites and rural dwellers altogether.
I don't see an end to this.....as long as corporations seek demographics to pedal their products....unfortunately, division sells and it gets votes.