When the (at least) second most famous person to come out of Lubbock spoke out in 2003, the Hub City turned its back on her. The town didn't get behind a fiery little girl, and they didn't say, 'well, it's big world with lots of people and lots of opinions.'

The Hub City flat-out shunned Natalie Maines, and that reaction is disgusting to this very day.

Natalie Maines
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So, Hub City, you want to pretend that Ms. Maines isn't one of us? Well, you kind of got your wish.

I was researching Texas artists for another story, and searching 'Musicians From Dallas' popped up 'The Dixie Chicks.' It's cool, the other two members of the band started the band there. But then I went to their Wikipedia entry.

On that page, even though it's incredibly lengthy, there's not one mention of Lubbock, Texas.

So there you go, Hub City -- you wanted to walk away from somebody just because they had a different opinion than you, and it worked. You mean nothing in the legacy of one of the best-selling artists of all time. Now, in fairness, if you punch through to Ms. Maines profile, you'll see Lubbock mentioned a number of times -- mostly about how she was viewed as "a rebel" and didn't fit in.

Even today, when this gets published over to FMX's Facebook page, there will be untalented, hateful trolls who will say nasty things about this lady (and, of course, me, but I'm not gonna make you famous). It's disgusting and wrong. We should take pride in our differences here in West Texas and celebrate those people who have the balls to speak up even if they disagree with the majority.

We aren't going to fix this rift between Natalie Maines and the city; the wounds are too deep. We can, however, take it as a lesson to not be so mean in the future.


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