New York City is the biggest melting pot of culture and ethnic groups. There are people from every corner of the world, culture from every place on earth, and food from every kitchen around the globe. Now that I’m walking through the Midwest with Flix, occasionally we might look out of place. A black guy and an Asian guy walking along the road. I bet a lot of people drive by just wondering “what in the world are these two doing? They sure aren’t from our town.” Two little grains of pepper in a shaker of salt. However, I never felt out of place. On this entire trip, not once did I feel like I was looked at differently because of my race. Ok I lied maybe sometimes but I don’t really care. The way townfolks accept me and welcome me in so heart warming.
The sense of community out here is incredible. Unlike New York City, where everybody needs to get somewhere this instant and nobody knows or cares about each other, people here lead a much slower life. The residents of Clark County, Illinois, especially Marshall #derricksanders4sheriff, have an incredible sense of community. Everybody knows each other in the community and all care about one another. I am envious of their bond. In NYC, I live in an apartment. Yet I only know one of my neighbors and not even by name. Out here, they know people even if they live on the other side of town. Not only are they friendly and caring to one another, they’re also welcoming to strangers like me.
I think before I embarked on this trip I had an extremely biased perspective of most of America. I realize now that our country has far more loving people than ignorant racists. They don’t care what color your skin is or where you come from, they’re willing to share this beautiful place with you.