Why do people move and sell their homes? The amount of homes sold in Jackson over the last two years is astonishing and quite shocking. While many were home to seniors looking to downsize or people who got offered much above market value there is another surprising factor to keep in mind. People do not like living in a town struck with strife fear and division.
With hundreds of Orthodox families moving in yearly, people do not want to raise their children here any longer, and for many it’s not for what you may believe. It is not because the new neighbors are disrespectful, or rude, rather it is because of the division it has caused.
Many people do not want to raise their children to hear negative things about their new neighbors. To open every Jackson Facebook page and to hear endless stories about ”the new neighbors” and their religious practices, all painted as if they are terrorists, is depressing and sad.
The latest action by the Mayor to force every resident with a basketball hoop to remove it plays right into that hysteria. Instead of letting every Jewish practice to turn into WWIII maybe it is time for some mutual understanding and dialogue, for if it doesn’t happen soon there will be more young people leaving Jackson and the blame will forever be at this administration’s feet.