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Welcome to Jew Hampshire!

I love New Hampshire. I've lived here my entire life (so far). I'm exceptionally proud of my state, it's history, it's traditions, it's people. I've visited many other states, but I've yet to find one that suits me as well as good old Cow Hampshire.

But I'm not blind to our flaws.

New Hampshire is not the most diverse of states. In fact, I don't have the actual comparative numbers, but according to the last census, 97.56% of New Hampshirites are white. I don't think that's really a result of any conscious decisions or actions or attitudes, though. We're a largely rural state that has some truly nasty winters -- two elements that favor European stock over those from other areas. We also have a fierce independent streak and a general distrust of big government (two elements that seem to be fading, dang it), and that also seems to have a screening effect.

But every now and then, i see a bit of news that makes me realize that Cow Hampshire is, indeed, growing more and more diverse -- and I find it gladdening.

Such as this story, about the little town of Bethlehem.

I grew up in a very small town, but I've always preferred cities. Small to medium cities, mostly -- while Manchester is New Hampshire's biggest city, it only has about 110,000 people -- about 1 in 12 New Hampshirites. I currently live in Lebanon, New Hampshire, a "city" in name only -- most places would consider a community of 12,500 or so a "town." I like the conveniences and amenities of city life.

But for all that, I think I wouldn't mind living in or around Bethlehem. I've been there once or twice, and it seemed like a nice place. And I suspect these newcomers will only make it -- and the rest of the state -- better.


Comments (10)

I guess I would ask....why ... (Below threshold)
RG:

I guess I would ask....why is "diversity" so important? Why Jay, did you mention in a sort of guilty way or with some regret that your state of New Hampshire isn't very diverse?

Not coming down on you, I just am so tired of the constant Stalin-like propaganda that "diversity is our strength" nonsense. Sometimes it is but sometimes commonality is a strength too.

Before all this diversity, the USA used to be able to engineer and manufacture most everything, used to be able to grow our own food, we used to be able to speak to one another in the same language! Now most if not all of that is or will be soon gone.

Isn't diversity grand?

RG: I don't think Jay was ... (Below threshold)

RG: I don't think Jay was making the point you might think he was. We can all be well assimilated Americans who originally came from other cultures and still be "diverse" in many ways.

The kind of "diversity" you're referring to is the kind where others try to impose their culture over that which is already in place impacting an established culture.

Oyster - maybe, maybe not. ... (Below threshold)
RG:

Oyster - maybe, maybe not. I for one did not come from a different culture/country, in fact, like me, most Americans are 3rd generation or more.

We are all suffering from turning immigration into an obsession or a fetish, as it has become over the past several years. Major politicians are to blame for this as well as the media, with it's constant repetition of "we're a nation of immigrants" and "we're all immigrants" - which is propaganda.

But back to diversity (I hate to use that term), my point is today diversity is defined to mean racial/ethnic diversity and my rebuttal is why...why is it so important? True diversity is philosophical, especially for a nation that has (used to have) a strong, national creed as well as customs, traditions and civic responsibilities. Today, we have squatter's rights. Just get to this country by hook or crook and you're an American! Sign 'em up for social security, medicare and a voter registration card!

The "powers that be" in charge of our nation will not cease until every small town in the US is bi-lingual (why Spanish and not other languages?) and there is a Islamic call to prayer broadcast five times a day through loudspeakers to the whole town. They won't cease, mark my words.

"We're a largely rural stat... (Below threshold)
Meyers:

"We're a largely rural state that has some truly nasty winters -- two elements that favor European stock over those from other areas. We also have a fierce independent streak and a general distrust of big government (two elements that seem to be fading, dang it), and that also seems to have a screening effect."

So what you're saying is that minorities a. can't handle cold b. can't live outside of cities and c. aren't independent of government.

But you're not a bigot or anything. Nooooo.

Come on Jay, UNITY is our s... (Below threshold)
Rubin Goldberg:

Come on Jay, UNITY is our strength, not diversity...

If you like city life, forget Lebanon, why not try a real city like Boston?

Its rich in history. You won't find a more "American" city than Boston. Independent streak? Try the Boston Tea Party. Lot of history there.

The people are friendly too. Its pretty different.

Rubin

Meyers, that is what Black ... (Below threshold)
Rubin Goldberg:

Meyers, that is what Black Americans refer to as unconscience racism. Its not that Jay means to be racist, he doesn't. But he has grown up in an isolated area, and as a result, has a more narrow view of the world. He doesn't realize this, and its not intentional. When 97% of everybody you meet is white, you just do not get a balanced view of how things really are. You can only conceptulize. I'm sure Jay's not really a bad guy.

So what you're saying is that minorities a. can't handle cold b. can't live outside of cities and c. aren't independent of government.

But you're not a bigot or anything. Nooooo.
Posted by: Meyers at June 11, 2007 04:25 PM

It is a troubled modern wo... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

It is a troubled modern world for communities trying to coxeist. Even small 'Jewish 'villages in the desert can seem to pose problems..Hey it is not entirely relevant to thread but, if you'll excuse me, I thought this was amusing story except to the driver, of course.

Japan and South Korea are h... (Below threshold)
geomatic1:

Japan and South Korea are hardly models of "diversity", yet most people would consider them strong, successful countries. On the other hand, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union were very "diverse", and yet they imploded.

Used to be I called NH "hom... (Below threshold)
bains:

Used to be I called NH "home." I'm an Army Brat and the only stable place we had was my grandfathers place in Center Harbor Township. But for the past 10 years or so, I've noticed diversity encroaching - primarily liberal diversity. Diversity from Mass. Funny how they clamour on about redistrubuting from the rich their "ill-gained wealth" all the while escaping to a no-income-tax state. The nature of our pond has also changed. The good old fashioned New England individualism(/libertarianism/and in fact southern Democrat) in which not only a respect of others rights exists, but, and more importantly so, the recognition that our exercising of our rights may adversely affect our neighbors. Rather than row across the cove to express their ... objection to my family's joy of the water, the constable is called. Magnificant houses are no longer tastefully tucked within the treelines, they are ostentatiously placed.

Pity. While I designed and built several of the 'out-buildings' on my family's property myself, I'm feeling less and less attached.

I love New Hampshire. I'... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

I love New Hampshire. I've lived here my entire life (so far).

I'm beginning to wonder if you really are from NH. How could you write that line that way if you know the Mainer jokes and how could you be from NH if you haven't heard the Mainer jokes?
"Have you live here all your life?" "Nope, ain't died yet".
Next you'll be telling me the road does go to Boston and that you get can there from here.

Oh, and does anybody else see a Monty Python bit in the comments from Rubin and Meyers?
"Come see the racism inherent in the system."




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