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Posted on 07/03/2008 2:19:08 PM PDT by forkinsocket
"Hick." "Hillbilly." "Redneck." "Inbred." "Cracker." "Ridge Runner." I heard and self-effacingly used them all when I left the mountains of Appalachia to attend college in the great metropolis of Williamsburg, Va., in the '80s. I was mercilessly ribbed as a rube when I brought along my sky-blue JCPenney suitwith reversible vestand my stack of Willie and Waylon albums, and entered a world that was as foreign to me as I must have seemed to my fancy William & Mary roommates from the private schools. Imagine my surprise at their surprise when, thinking nothing of it, I casually mentioned that I missed my mom's home-cooked squirrel.
Well, look who's laughing now. In this strangest of political seasons, Appalachia, the last forgotten place in America, suddenly matters. Never mind Florida and Michigan. In a close election come November, the difference between President McCain and President Obama could come down to me and my people: a bunch of ornery, racist, coal-minin', banjo-pickin', Scots-Irish hillbillies clinging to our guns and religion on the side of some Godforsaken, moonshine-soaked ridge in West Virginia. The Democrats comically pandered to all these stereotypes during this spring's primaries, when the 23 million people of Appalachiathat 1,000-mile mountainous stretch from southern New York to the middle of Alabamabriefly hijacked the presidential race. Scrounging for every last vote, the candidates went out of their way to look country. Hillary got all twangy. Barack tasted beer.
It was fun to watch them make fools of themselves. It was also a little depressing. Taking in the coverage, I was struck by how clueless people still areand this goes double for presidential contendersabout this vast chunk of the country. If they think about it at all, it's not as a real place where actual people live actual lives.
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That character is annoying. One of the many reasons why the show should have been canceled a while ago.
But how current a problem is this kind of prejudice? There's always a city vs. country split and there always will be one, but does the country even think about "hillbillies" as much as it did thirty or forty years ago?
Well, none of the hillbillies I grew up with were Scots-Irish. They were mostly English (surnames) but really had no idea where their ancestors were from. I miss a fine roast squirrel and snapping turtle soup. Good eatin’.
Stereotypes die hard.
The real racists are in New York City and they are Democrats.
“Hillary got all twangy.”
This is something liberals do. They seem to have no idea how idiotic they sound.
I think W Va is one of the most beautiful places this girl has ever been.
Other so-called forgotten places are the ‘hood, the barrio, and Indian reservations. I’m sure all of these places are actually different than the stereotypes about them.
Well. That was a waste of five perfectly good minutes. Thanks for nothing.
And remember the time Hillary drawled : “Aaahh don’t feeel nooo waaaays tard” Can you imagine if a Republican had mocked a black person’s accent that way?
Liberals can say idiotic things too. Remember the time Hillary spoke to largely black group and said that the Republicans ran Congress like a plantation? Yep, I’m sure all those black city folks in the audience immediately could identify with the cotton plantations of the old South. Why else would she describe it as a plantation? Why not as a dictatorship or monarchy or some other term suggesting that the Dems. in Congress felt like they were ignored?
NO doubt. There is always the attempt to define people without getting to know them, especially poor people and their snotty nose kids.
Appalachia is a wonderful place to live. the people are great. This is my home. Where ever I go. This will always be my home.
Well, none of the hillbillies I grew up with were Scots-Irish. They were mostly English (surnames) but really had no idea where their ancestors were from. I miss a fine roast squirrel and snapping turtle soup. Good eatin.
My husband’s family grew up on squirrel and snapping turtle. They lived near the Mississippi and my husband’s father hunted and traded to feed his family. I find when I visit with people who the elite look down upon, a wisdom filled with common sense. It’s a quality sadly lacking in arrogant elites.
I miss my Mammaw's beans and cornbread, and her chicken n' dumplin's were to die for! She always had a big, ripe sliced tomato fresh out of her garden too. Sunday dinners at her house were a real treat.
A few things I inherited from my Appalachian ancestors; being too proud to ask for help, too hard-headed to take to authority very well and a determination to survive no matter what comes my way. I thank God for them each and every day.
I also inherited a healthy suspicion of strangers and people who will say anything to get my vote!
IF it appears in Newsweek it’s hype.
Yeah, Steve, but the voters of West Virginia still keep sending Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller back to DC, so they must have a very large suspension of belief factor back in them hills and hollows!
I’d guess squirrels and Snapping turtles provided food for country folk where ever they were. I like the general friendly attitude. People would wave as you went by just because you were human. If you acted like a friend, you were a friend. It’s a simple way of judging people and things.
> Scots-Irish hillbillies
Even that is too PC. Those of us that are prefer the Scotch-Irish hillbilly designation.