Separatism isn’t a new phenomenon for the United States. Having lived in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, I recall initiatives in the California whereby populations in the south, middle, and northern parts wanted to split off and become their own state entities.
On one occasion while living in Florida, I was retained by the village of Temple Terrace to help present their case against becoming an enclave. Florida state law prohibited enclaves which means being a city surrounded by another city on all sides. Once a city has been surrounded, it had to cease to exist as a separate entity and to join the larger community. In that case, the smaller town fought like crazy to expand in one direction to escape the encroaching city of Tampa.
Here is a definition of “separatism.”
“The advocacy or practice of separation of a certain group of people from a larger body on the basis of ethnicity, religion, or gender.”
Add political ideology, urban, rural and other characteristics that define communities.
There is a story in USA Today that speaks of the possibility of northern Colorado wanting to split away from city slickers in Denver. In that instance it is a rural versus urban fight.
The trouble is, there are huge fights across nation where people of diverse views can’t seem to get along. That is a dangerous trend and undesirable behavior.
Collaboration and consensus-building are successful behaviors. Divisiveness and separatism are not. So, Americans should pay attention to situations like this because leadership is needed to bring the parties together.
The odd thing is that Israelis and Palestinians are meeting in Washington today to address how they must learn to live together with their differences. Don’t you wonder what they think about the Tea Party, north versus south, rural versus urban, etc.?
“Could this be the 51st state?
The good people of northern Colorado are sick of those Denver city-slickers telling them what to do.
Fed up with what they see as a lack of representation, several rural counties are now seriously considering seceding to form their own state: North Colorado.
At a public meeting on Thursday, most of the 50 people in attendance supported the move, reports the Greeley Tribune via the Huffington Post. A Facebook page for the 51st State Initiative has more than 10,000 likes. Commissioners say they hope to put the North Colorado idea to a public vote in November.
“We believe there’s an attack on oil and gas,” says one commissioner. “We believe there’s an attack on agriculture. I don’t think those down in Denver understand any of it.”