U.C. Berkeley Instructor Calls Rural Americans “Bad People Who Have Made Bad Life Decisions”

A U.C. Berkeley instructor and grad student endorsed shaming people who aren’t pro-city and called rural Americans “bad people who have made bad life decisions.”

On the Campus Reform comments section, one user asked “Where does he expect the food he eats to come from?”

Anthony Aaron replied “The same place the electricity comes from….it just magically appears…

Jim Boyer wrote “I live here and this dupe who lives in congestion, filth and crime, says I’ve made a poor decision” and tweeted a beautiful landscape.

Per FoxNews, a UC Berkeley graduate student and instructor took to Twitter to shame “rural Americans” and those who aren’t “pro-city.”

Jackson Kernion, who has reportedly taught at least 11 philosophy courses at the California university, made the comments last Wednesday.

“I unironically embrace the bashing of rural Americans,” Kernion wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “They, as a group, are bad people who have made bad life decisions…and we should shame people who aren’t pro-city.”

Campus Reform reports Kernion started going after rural citizens, saying they should have higher health care, pay more in taxes and be forced to live an “uncomfortable” life for rejecting “efficient” city life, Campus Reform reported.

Kernion began the thread by advocating against affordable healthcare solutions in rural America, saying that “Rural Healthcare Should be expensive! And that expense should be borne by those who choose rural America!”

He argued that promoting a need for “affordable rural healthcare” is equivalent to arguing for rural Americans “to be subsidized by those who choose a more efficient way of life.”

“Same goes for rural broadband. And gas taxes,” Kernion added.

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“It should be uncomfortable to live in rural America. It should be uncomfortable to not move,” he wrote.

Kernion tried to justify his statements with economic arguments about not making rural life “*artificially* cheaper,” but quickly devolved into personal attacks against rural and not “pro-city” Americans.

“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,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

After receiving backlash for his comments, Kernion issued a pseudo-apology for the “tone” of his tweet.

“Pretty sure I did a bad tweet here. Gonna delete it,” he wrote. “I’ll want to reflect on it more later, but my tone is way crasser and meaner than I like to think I am.”

This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com 

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