@MoMartin Oh I viewed these as very different questions and now go hmmm.
@MoMartin do you mean like - not to de-abstract it but like...
can you try saying it again with more words?
@emsenn Yes! In particular I was thinking about the fantasy of the rural in the USA is a racist fantasy. Like, we define it in opposition to the City's ethnic and racial diversity, we think of it as "getting away from it all" with "it" being city life and city life being defined by other people. In a way, the fantasy of rural living erases people. So my question is, how much is that the responsibility of the real people who live in rural settings, who are often not white or racist?
In some ways, I think that's two different questions. Agreed, it's sometimes not the people who live in rural areas. However, there are many people in rural areas who are racist (amongst other things). Rural life isn't (IMO) in opposition to city life. Rural communities face the exact same challenges as cities, all of which are forced upon us by the institutionalization of capitalism.
Is it the responsibility of those who live in cities and idealize "it" (as you define it) to break that down?
I also question the definition of cities as being strictly about race, ethnicity, and other people. I think that oversimplifies and flattens it. Yes, the fetishization of rural life can be and is used as a tool to erase people. Though, I think that is due to capitalism.
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