A small, self-professed liberal town in Western Massachusetts. Amherst
has a population of about 35,000
and a median age of 21.8, thanks to UMass, Amherst
College, and Hampshire
College. A town that prides itself
on believing strongly in diversity, 76.7% of the population is white, with only 6.2% hispanic and 5.1% Black. The government is a town meeting with select board members, which are overwhelmingly white.
The residents and parents in Amherst
are so concerned about
political correctness that they petitioned to prevent the high school
from performing West Side Story, because the play portrayed Puerto Rico and hispanics in a negative light. Instead, the high school
put on a production of Guys and Dolls, which is one of the most sexist musicals ever written.
If you attend a choral
performance in Amherst
of the following will probably
be on the bill:
in a different language, probably
more than that, probably
one in Yiddish (most of the performers will
have no clue what
they are singing)
one song about
other and/or peace, and will
most likely be related to diversity
-none of the songs will
be overtly christian, in order
to include everyone
once had a MaDonald's, but it went
out of business, in part because it was next to Antonio's (which sells pizza by the slice until about
1:30am, with ANYTHING you could ever think of for a topping).
is a suburb
of itself. Leave the city limits, and you find yourself surrounded
by cornfields, cow farms, and tiny hill towns.