Small towns have been hollowing out for a long time. It is no great surprise that folks who never left home have difficulty putting a finger on what ails them nor does it surprise that the academic who ascribes it all to racism. The sense of community is frayed. We dont socialize like we used to. Church attendance is down. The legion post is closed. Opioid are seemingly everywhere. The businesses all closed down when Wal-Mart opened 15 miles away. The small businesses,the backbone,are gone. And it is all chalked up to racism? How is a small town of 950 to compete with walmart,brain drain,internet/cable? Seemingly every aspect of traditional life is under assault. The greatest generation is dead and auntie is raising the kids cause Roy OD'd and Becky moved to "big city". All nice and kind people but entirely at mercy of market forces far beyond their grasp much less control. It is lazy thinking to ascribe the destruction of a way of life to racism. Thanks and be well.