The Pissed-off Poor Appalachian White…

Here's some­thing to think about: how many pissed-off mid­dle and low­er-class peo­ple, not just Appalachi­an natives, are out there? Quite a few, I'd guess. And we don't have to won­der about how they feel, because arti­cles like this one by Kai Wright make the whole shoot­ing match pret­ty clear. Thanks to Con­nie May Fowler who made me aware of this on Facebook.

If ever there was a “teach­able moment” about race in mod­ern Amer­i­ca, now is it. With the birthers and the repa­ra­tions con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries and the Nazi imagery at health care meet­ings, someone’s got­ta explain why all these white folks are wild­ing out. We need an artic­u­late, impas­sioned race man to clar­i­fy things. But not Al Sharp­ton; I say pass the mic to Jim Webb.

Remem­ber way back when Webb, a Demo­c­ra­t­ic sen­a­tor from Vir­ginia and the voice of Appalachia’s neglect­ed white yeo­man, was sniff­ing around a veep nod? In the midst of that media moment, he hit on an idea we’d do well to dwell upon. “Black Amer­i­ca and Scots-Irish Amer­i­ca are like tor­tured sib­lings,” Webb patient­ly explained to Pat Buchanan in a May 2008 Morn­ing Joe appear­ance on MSNBC. “There’s a say­ing in the Appalachi­an moun­tains. … ‘If you're poor and white, you’re out of sight.’”


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One Response to The Pissed-off Poor Appalachian White…

  1. Anonymous says:

    The only NAZIs are the nation­al social­ists like Pelosi/Reid/Obama who are try­ing to insti­tute nation­al health care, and who are now run­ning our banks, insur­ance com­pa­nies and auto­mo­bile com­pa­nies. Why don't you read the Nazi plat­form some­time? Look it up in Wikipedia and then tell me who the Nazis are. Cer­tain­ly not the old folks whose med­ical treat­ment will be rationed once the Feds take over health care. What's more, the only racist is the ini­tial poster on your web­site who refers to town­hall pro­test­ers as white. Divid­ing peo­ple into racist col­lec­tivist groups IS racist, my friend. Look in the mir­ror, and stop projecting.And if you real­ly want to be true to your rur­al West Vir­ginia roots, then, by God, embrace God. You hung out too long in the uni­ver­si­ty and have been poi­soned by the triple soul-snatch­ing philoso­phies of Marx­ism, Dar­win­ism and Freudi­an­ism — the three pil­lars of mod­ernism. God help you.

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