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April 24, 2015 -- One less COEXIST bumper sticker will be seen in the Circle City.

Indy Star columnist Erika D. Smith says she's leaving the state in the wake of "the 'religious freedom' law fiasco."

Smith says she's heading to Sacramento, California.

Indiana seems to be too close-minded for the likes of liberals.

She says she loves Indianapolis, then rues the fact that city lacks her open-minded and progressive spirit.

Pardon me while I take the liberty to translate, but isn't that essentially stigmatizing Hoosiers as close minded and backwards?

Smith may not have noticed that "closed minded" and "backwards" states tend to have balanced budgets, low crime rates, and Christian bakers who are free to decline service to militant gay hate movement activists.

California, she will find, lacks all three. And water.

Smith further disparages the city she loves and the Hoosiers that dwell therein by suggesting they are anti-education, anti-bike lanes, anti-poor folk, and racists.

"That education — preschool all the way through college — is something to be pursued and prized. That bike lanes aren't just a hassle for cars, that all poor people aren't lazy, that all black males aren't thugs, and that investing in troubled urban neighborhoods isn't a waste of money and energy," she writes.

Let's consider education.

First: Take note that Smith's quote is comprised of two fragmented sentences. I learned how to write back in the old days before open-minded progressives commandeered English classes. Second: Yes, we value education, not indoctrination. Third: That is why I am an advocate of school choice and a vociferous opponent of out-of-control teachers' unions.

Let's consider bike lanes.

I really don't give a rat's rump one way or the other. Bike lanes are simply not a pressing issue. What about returning to single-class basketball? Now, there's an issue I can sink my teeth into. Maybe if we remind the open-minded progressive liberals that Marxism is opposed to classism, they will hop aboard.

Let's consider lazy poor people.

Poverty is relative. The poorest American is wealthier than most of the world's population, complements of our closed-minded, backwards concept of free-market capitalism. I wonder if Smith shares the same compassion for the estimated 800,000 white South Africans who are living in squatter camps, compliments of the open-minded, progressive Mandelan government.

Let's consider the notion that all black males are thugs.

I've lived in Indiana for over half a century. I have never heard anyone say that all black males are thugs. Where do open-minded, progressives get such notions? Answer: They concoct them out of thin air. It's called "the straw man" argument. They make stuff up, then dispute it. Come to think of it, most arguments espoused by liberals are straw men. Uh. Excuse me. I meant, "Straw persons."

I do know, however, that 52.2 percent of homicides in America were committed by blacks, nearly all by black males ages 18 to 49 who comprise out 4 percent of the nation's population.

Did I say, "All black males are thugs"?

No, I did not not.

I simply quoted data rather than anecdotes. The data comes from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Let's consider Smith's suggestion that her beloved backwards Hoosiers believe that investing in troubled urban neighborhoods is a waste of money and energy.

I grew up in urban Indianapolis. I attended a majority black high school. I went to class with blacks, rubbed shoulders with them in the hallways, sang in the choir with them, took gym class with blacks, and even showered with them. (Note: Contrary to stereotypes, some blacks are tone deaf and should not imitate The Temptations in school showers.)

I wonder where Smith will live when she settles in Sacramento. Will she move into a black housing project where she can redistribute her white privilege? Will she invest in that city's troubled urban neighborhoods? Or will she consider that a waste of money and energy?

Truth be known, when liberals say "invest" they mean "waste other people's tax money."

Here's hoping Smith posts photos of her new crib on Instagram.

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  1. Sacramento is an armpit.

  2. I live in Sacramento. It is a minority - majority cesspool. I'm actively planning my escape. I hope she finds everything she's looking for here. I can't wait to get out.

  3. Good riddance to bad rubbish. I would like to see all these progressives go to California, then slide off into the ocean and drown.

  4. naptown sucks the rest of the state almost is better, could she take black males with her? then downtown indy would be great again:).