One year after the pandemic, New Yorkers are still attacked on Facebook | Falmouth News
A year later, social media shows us that fear and phobia are still with us.
A woman who rented a house in East Falmouth with her family shared her story of the New York City COVID robbery. The woman, who requested anonymity, initially did not hear the exhortation of her parents, who are residents of Cape Massachusetts, to leave Manhattan and come to Bay State.
However, when schools closed and people were asked to work remotely, the family left town on March 19 (she remembers it was the Spring Equinox) and went to an Airbnb. in East Falmouth. Having spent a week each summer in Upper Cape, she knew the area and felt Falmouth would be a good place to rest for a few weeks.
“A year later, we’re still here,” she said. “We continued to extend Airbnb and we finally got a one-year lease.”
Looking for a community after arriving last spring, she joined the Fabulous Falmouth Facebook group, where she asked, “Are there other New Yorkers here who would like to start a subgroup? “
While some who responded to the site said nice things, his question sparked a barrage of “coming home” messages.
“They said we would buy all of the waterfront property – I couldn’t afford it,” the woman said, “we would raise taxes and“ bring disease to Cape Town ”; that we will “try to get rid of the New England clam chowder and cover the cape with the Manhattan clam chowder.”
“Don’t try to turn the course into what you left behind,” one person said. “This is mainly what we natives ask of newbies who move in.”
“Don’t expect this to be New York; if you want New York, go back, ”said another.
“I don’t think we the residents of Falmouth want to hear or discuss New York City,” said another.
“People said there was COVID in Cape Town because New Yorkers came here,” the woman said.
The worst negative posts were deleted by the moderator, she said, but not before seeing them.
“I hid from the Facebook thread,” she said. While more writers have supported her than attacked her, “the bad guys on Facebook make me want to not post,” she said. “I wonder, would these people tell me these things to my face?”
“I was shocked at the vicious negativity,” she said. “I find that very strange; it seems very out of place. I grew up in Massachusetts and have never seen anything like it before.
A year after the start of the pandemic, aggressive comments about New Yorkers continue to be posted on the Fabulous Falmouth Facebook page. The moderator continues to remove them.
In addition to the verbal assaults on Facebook, the woman and her family were also victims of assaults in public, while they were picking up food at one of their favorite take-out places.
“When the clerk brought our food to us, a guy in a van said out loud, ‘You’re not going to serve those dirty New Yorkers, are you? To make sure we heard, he repeated it, just as loudly.
“I’ve never heard anyone talk to me like that,” the woman said. “I was like, ‘Is this guy going to get out of his truck and hit me?'”
The woman has a car with a front license plate but no back plate. She learned to park in a way that hides the front plate.
She said she feels like the folks in the Fabulous Falmouth community are saddened that their neighbors behave this way, and she thinks it’s mostly a social media issue – she hasn’t suffered any damage. verbal attacks from neighbors or from people at her daughter’s school. .
“Facebook facilitates how easy it is to speak out about making judgments,” she said.