A Silicon Valley tech CEO suggested that jobs are disappearing from middle America because “educated people” do not want to live in a “sh*thole” with “misogynistic, racist, stupid, and violent people.”
Melinda Byerley, founder of the Silicon Valley-based startup company Timeshare CMO, tweeted a Facebook posting in which she advised middle America on how to bring jobs back to their communities.
She premised her advice by noting “one thing middle America could do is to realize that no educated person wants to live in a shithole with stupid people. Especially violent, racist, and/or misogynistic ones.”
Corporations do not want to locate “call centers, factors, development centers, etc” because they must also deal with the fact that small towns “have nothing going for them. No infrastructure, just a few bars and a terrible school system.”
If you live in middle America and want jobs, you must “clean up your act and make your town a place that people like us want to live in.”
“Add fiber internet. Make it a point to elect a progressive city council and commit to not being bigots,” she suggested.
While Byerley noted that many educated people such as herself “would like to live a more rural lifestyle, or at least a less urban one,” they do not want to “sacrifice tolerance or diversity to do so.”
“We especially do not want to live in states where the majority of residents are voting for things against their own interests just because they don’t want brown people to thrive.”
Despite advising middle America to install fiber internet, Byerley claimed there is more to attracting jobs than just offering internet and tax breaks, as corporations have to struggle with the fact that “their best and brightest would rather scrape by in SF than live in a huge house somewhere if it meant dealing with bigots and backwards ideologies every day.”