What I Have Learned From Photographing 400 Towns in Iowa
Cody Weber

Thank you for the story, it has hit very close to home. This same story is happening in Ohio as well. Decent, hard working people have seen their value in society drop to nothing, and having no voice during the decline.

In fact, I would say the opposite has slowly happened. A 40 year old white man who works 50 hours a week for 35k per year, with a wife who might gross another 20k for part time, and the balance spent trying to keep the family together, and the bills caught up do not take lightly being told they are the source of all the problems, and white privilege gives them a leg up.

These are the people who volunteer to be the fire department and rescue squad for no pay, just a sense of community and personal responsibility. Yes the property and equipment are paid for by levy, it all belongs to the people who make it work.

It’s tough to hold your community together when the jobs are gone, and what is left is not a living wage. It’s tough when the EPA regulates your water and wastewater facilities out of existence. It’s tough to get in compliance when your tax base moves to Mexico.

Then someone comes to their county, and tells them he see their plight, and promises to bring jobs back, and to make things better. People who had not voted in years were given hope by someone who finally recognized they matter.

This has nothing to do with race, gender, or any other insult hurled at these people since the election. They want a living wage, decent schools, and the scourge of drugs to stop. These people are not evil, and the venom and hate shown by people who want unity, but have no understanding of these people, and the sense of community that has been slowly taken away from them.

Is it too much to ask for the same understanding and tolerance from the accusers, as it is to demand from the accused?

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