The past week has been very difficult. It has been made very clear to us that we are hated simply because we are from California.
I’ve never been the victim of hate speech and bigotry before moving from California to Idaho. It’s been getting worse and worse since we moved here a year ago. This past summer the neighborhood kids started bullying my children. In the past 3 months my youngest son has been bitten and had a baseball size rock thrown at him. My oldest son has had older kids yell “California sucks!” at him besides other extremely foul language. My daughter was told “My friends at school hate everyone from California”. Our neighbors all belong to a large denomination church group. And here, living among these so-called Christians, I do not feel safe letting my kids go outside in my own backyard. If I’d known how much we would be hated here or how bad the bigotry would be I never would have moved here.
Does anyone have any advice on handling bigotry?