I have lived in Dickinson, North Dakota for a little over four years now. I have been writing blog posts on this website for two years.
I wrote about bits and pieces of things that I saw that I thought I understood. Some things that were culturally different, some problems, and things that were wrong. Each of these things that I thought that I saw and understood, and wrote about, as time has passed, I can say that I was not incorrect in my assessment and explanation.
The people here in Dickinson took advantage of the out of state workers tremendously during this past oil boom. The people in Dickinson have a hatred and hostility for people who are from out of state, and an even stronger hatred for people with an education. The people in Dickinson also have hatred and hostility for each other.
Psychologists, counselors, and ordinary people have seen that when people are abused, they in turn abuse others. This happens in families with domestic violence and abuse, this happens in organizations like fraternities that haze inductees, this happens in the military, this happens in company culture. People repeat what has been done to them.
People in Dickinson were mistreated, taken advantage of, and abused way before this most recent oil boom in 2007. I am angry at the Catholic Church in Dickinson for not making Christian values, ethics, and morals wide spread and dominant in Dickinson. I have gone so far as to say that I think that the Catholic Church in Dickinson must be teaching hostility and hatred in Dickinson because it is so prevalent.
I wrote in a recent blog post that Dickinson treats educated people very badly, that the manufacturing companies in Dickinson treat engineers with disrespect in every way, and that this is what the local people want. I had written in a previous blog post, that the large manufacturing companies in Dickinson have had a practice of paying employees as little as possible in order to keep them from ever getting ahead, ever furthering themselves, ever advancing, or ever being able to leave their job or leave Dickinson. The regular employees were treated very badly.
So as I started out saying in this blog post, when people are abused and treated badly, they in turn treat others badly. Should it be any wonder that out of state workers were treated with hatred and hostility? Should it be any wonder that educated people and engineers are treated with hatred and hostility? The people here are only repeating what has been done to them.
I want to finish this blog post by citing a very disturbing newspaper article by the Bismarck Tribune from 2005, that illustrates perfectly several of the things that I have been writing about. This article is about what one of the wealthiest individuals from the wealthiest manufacturing company in Dickinson did. I want to use this example to show that people at the top in Dickinson abuse and take advantage of people. I want to use this as an example of lack of Christian morals and ethics. The people in Dickinson act in accordance with how they have been treated, when they have been treated with a lack of Christian morals and ethics, they do so to others. Lastly, this hatred of educated people and engineers in Dickinson, which comes from the top, is probably due to the fact that the people at the top don’t want anyone around to know what they are doing.
From the September 2, 2005 Bismarck Tribune article by Blake Nicholson:
“A former Dickinson businessman has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing child pornography, and ordered to pay restitution to the one known victim and to a hospital children’s center here…
David Fisher, 44, the former head of Fisher Industries and Fisher Martin Inc., admitted in April to possessing two video clips and about two dozen computer files of child pornography in March 2003. In return for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped charges of sexual exploitation of minors and receipt of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors…
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Dan Hovland also ordered Fisher to pay restitution of $4,860 to the one known victim, a 10-year-old girl whom Fisher had hired to help with office chores. Authorities said six of the child porn images in Fisher’s possession were of the girl. Hochhalter said Fisher also will be responsible for paying future costs of counseling for the victim…”
David Fisher was sentenced to five years in prison. Note that in exchange for his guilty plea, the charges of sexual exploitation of minors was dropped. If an out of state worker would have taken six pornographic images of a ten year old girl, he probably would have been sentenced to twenty years in prison.