Some people are victims of circumstance but almost guarantee most the individuals people look down on, if friended, will have your back if needed, true?

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Sure. This is in the questions section, so I'll take it as a question - but I think your point could serve as a commentary.

I think a lot of people look down upon Oildale, which is unfortunate. I think that a lot of that has to do with race - that this population is being ignored - because they are predeominantly white. What I mean by that is if they were another population, Oildalians might be seen as "victims".

But yes, there is a lot of cohesion in groups - any subculture - and there are many examples of this. I think basically what you are saying is that even though these individuals have been marginalized, that they have good qualities and look out for each other.

The phrase "got your back" sometimes has negative or violent implications but it can also have positive ones too. (I say this because I was slightly taken aback when I read your question).

Overall I believe what you are saying is that when it comes down to it, there is a keen sense of community in this area. And I think there is...and I think it can be made stronger to bring about the changes which the area needs to handle some of its social problems and the unpleasant situations such as addiction, unemployment, lack of education or direction...

Updated on November 7, 2019

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The Mean Streets of Oildale
By Finnegan Williams
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