Many were appalled by the man's comments and called them "ignorant", "foolish, brainwashed, and naive".
Openly shaming the many people who live in rural America, a graduate student from UC Berkeley had no qualms when it came bashing those who choose to live outside the city.
Jackson Kernion describes himself as "a Philosophy PhD student at UC Berkeley, working in philosophy of mind, epistemology, and philosophy of science in his website. But now, after he decided to be vocal about his prejudice against rural Americans, Kernion has been described as "ignorant", "foolish, brainwashed, and naive".
According to Fox News, Jackson is said to have taught at least 11 philosophy courses at the university in California. The graduate student and Berkeley instructor took to Twitter to tell the world his audacious comments in a tweet that he later deleted.
"I unironically embrace the bashing of rural Americans," Jackson wrote in his tweet. "They, as a group, are bad people who have made bad life decisions." Apart from making his opinions loud and clear, he also urged others to "shame" them for their personal choice on where they want to live.
Jackson went on to say, "Some, I assume, are good people. But this nostalgia for some imagined pastoral way of life is stupid and we should shame people who aren't pro-city."
Jackson talked about rural healthcare, something which everyone deserves proper access to, and suggested that it should be an expensive affair. "Rural Healthcare Should be expensive! And that expense should be borne by those who choose rural America!" he said, as quoted by Campus Reform.
Referring to city life as "a more efficient way of life", he implied that anyone who doesn't choose to live in the city should be taxed more for living an "uncomfortable" life. He also added, "It should be uncomfortable to live in rural America. It should be uncomfortable to not move."
The comments that the philosophy instructor made received immense backlash and were called "nuts" by Brad Blakeman, an adjunct professor of public policy and international affairs at Georgetown University. Brad also said, "cities need to take care of their own" because "rural America is doing just great."
Some of the individuals who read Jackson's comments even highlighted how rural America and the cities have a strong connection, and one cannot do without the other.
"We started as a rural country," said Doug Shoen, Fox News contributor. "We remain at our heart linked to rural communities. Thank goodness for small towns, farms, and traditional values."
A number of people who were appalled by Jackson's views also took to Twitter to share their opinions.
Not a proud moment for @UCBerkeley...— Travis Bartley (@TravisDBartley) November 13, 2019
How can you a be a PhD student, after receiving so much education, and still be so ignorant? I think he should get a refund on that philosophy degree.#jacksonkernion https://t.co/Vk57WoYivK
#jacksonkernion @JacsksonKernion— Lincoln Morris (@lincmorris) November 12, 2019
This is what happens to you when you spend your life surrounded only by people who agree with you, teaching something that has no basis in reality, thinking you're better than everyone else. We "rural people" are way better than you'll ever be.
This dude teaches liberal philosophy at a liberal college in the most liberal state in America. He’s so far into his bubble of course he think this. Shows you can have “education” and still come out utterly foolish, brainwashed, and naive. #jacksonkernion https://t.co/50igTYkKvy— Travis Owens (@_Saint_TO) November 13, 2019
I've invited Mr. Kernion to our rural district in Ohio. Here he can meet some of the terrible people who grow his food, work the railroads, and do other jobs to keep the greatest country ever running. Jobs that he is too weak to do but couldn't survive without. #jacksonkernion pic.twitter.com/NfibK3pAhS— Taylor Hoffman (@tayhoffgg) November 13, 2019
I live here and this dupe who lives in congestion, filth and crime, says I've made a poor decision - pic.twitter.com/FcLmM03sKP— Jim Boyer (@J2010bJim) November 10, 2019
Seeing the rage he had sparked, Jackson later tweeted saying, "Pretty sure I did a bad tweet here. Gonna delete it,” he wrote. “I’ll want to reflect on it more later, but my tone is way crasser and meaner than I like to think I am."
UC Berkeley, however, has not responded on the issue so far.