Yes, Appalachia Is Part Of America

Op-Ed by Brandon Turbeville

While America’s military continues to march across the world, destroying nation after nation and the U.S. State Department funds color revolutions in others, the CIA also continues its own campaign of control and manipulation in virtually all the rest. But, moral questions aside, Americans back home aren’t even reaping the benefits of empire abroad. With an economy continuing to mire in depression, crumbling infrastructure, more difficult access to healthcare, tainted food supplies, and a police state that is deepening by the day, the American people are becoming accustomed to lower living standards and all the hurdles associated with it. Indeed, there are parts of the United States – Detroit, Flint, and much of the rural south, for instance, – that resemble a third world country more than anything one might expect to see in “the greatest country in the world.”

Nowhere are the crumbling standards of America more evident than in Appalachia, an area that is often forgotten whenever any political discussion is held. That is, until politicians breeze through the region and attempt to soak up some disgruntled white, formerly working class votes. After election time, however, the candidates put Appalachia and its residents out of their minds and continue business as usual. Economic depression, drug addiction, crime, poverty, and environmental degradation are all part of Appalachia now. They are not the only part, of course, but they have unfortunately become the main backdrop to a region that has suffered the setbacks of every bad decision coming out of Washington and its respective state governments.

Not having the benefit of being made up of mostly protected or chosen minorities, Appalachia is merely forgotten by most Americans or used as a backdrop of mockery and derision by Hollywood producers and academics. When it is remembered, the residents are painted as dirt poor rednecks, racist, misogynistic, dumb hillbillies. One need only listen to a recent broadcast on NPR where Appalachia was being discussed as if it were a foreign country to see how distant certain demographics are from other elements of society.

Indeed, those elements who identify as egalitarians and constantly harp about “equality” in “social justice” and economics can only discuss Appalachia with academics and “brave” writers who dared live amongst the savages of the region to bring back the stories of poverty, racism, and violence to the more civilized public radio audiences. Appalachia is not discussed with Appalachians, it is discussed with anthropologists masquerading as journalists and authors. Such stereotypes and insults are thrown around in the mics of NPR hosts and guests with the complete confidence that no one in Appalachia is intelligent enough to be listening and, if they are, they are the special people behind enemy lines, drinking from their NPR mugs in secret lest the barbarians beat down their door, stick a gun in their faces, and force them to claim the earth is 5,000 years old.

For instance, in an interview with Elizabeth Catte, a Virginia-based historian who recently wrote a book entitled, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, a short response to J.D. Vance’s book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis, which tends to blame “hillbilly culture” for the poverty and “social rot” in Appalachia, the NPR host found herself asking about the most important issue facing NPR listeners today – Donald Trump.

During the course of the interview Catte stated,

There’s an idea that Appalachia is not fundamentally part of the United States, that it’s a place within a place, and it’s not a place but a problem. I would like people to understand that Appalachia is very much part of the wider United States. There’s no mysterious culture here that explains the – you know, the realities. And our stories – the story of Appalachia cannot be separated from the story of the United States and the historical forces that have shaped us.

But why would Catte have to say this? Who actually thinks Appalachia is separate from the rest of the United States, particularly rural America except for the white liberals listening to NPR or the thoroughly indoctrinated college class who have convinced themselves they are intellectuals? No one living in Appalachia thinks they are separate and no one in the rural south thinks Appalachia is separate either. For that matter, rural areas in the South, Midwest, West, and even Northern states do not view Appalachia as a problem instead of a place. Ask most residents in the aforementioned locations and they will find plenty of common ground with Appalachians. There is no question that Appalachia is not some “other America.” Only in the minds of academics, “intellectuals,” NPR types, and social manipulators is that the idea.

But back to Trump. NPR, like its audience, is literally obsessed with Trump and, when it comes to Appalachia, the question is not how to eliminate poverty, bring healthcare, jobs, or higher living standards to the region, it is “Why do these people support Donald Trump?”

In fact, the question in the NPR interview mentioned above, like most NPR interviews dealing with Appalachia, centered around “the forgotten white people who were left behind by a global economy and the rise of Donald Trump.”

Volumes could be written around that question alone. For instance, one could point out that Appalachia is not homogeneous and, simply because NPR types have a negative view of Appalachia and thus label it as white, doesn’t make it so. In fact, there are plenty of other races living in Appalachia and perhaps they are even more forgotten than whites in the area since NPR and other academics don’t seem to believe in them. After all, our “intellectual” class may find white Appalachians abhorrent but at least they exist. Still, it is important to point out that Appalachia is not only white, as anyone who ever been to the region can attest to; it is white, black, Hispanic, and other.

It is also important to point out that Appalachians were not “left behind by a global economy.” They were systematically robbed of their livelihoods and their living standards by a trade policy that shipped their jobs overseas for the benefit of international corporations. It wasn’t a failure to innovate and they weren’t “left behind,” they were robbed blind by their government, banks, corporations, media, and the “academics” who supported and promoted that very trade policy.

It is also relatively simple to answer NPR’s question (“Why did white Appalachians overwhelmingly support Donald Trump?”). Without even mentioning the obvious NPR candidate who is so out of touch with any American not in the super rich category that she would go to Kentucky and tell coal miners she would put them out of work, it is a fact that the entire party to which she belongs long ago abandoned white workers. It is no secret that the Democratic Party made a conscious decision years ago to change its own base from labor, working class Americans, to every conceivable minority, orientation, gender identity, and illegal immigrants. The Democratic Party consciously decided to stop making even the heretofore lip service promises of labor concerns in favor of identity politics. That naturally put whites at the bottom of the racial barrel leftists are so utterly obsessed with. It shouldn’t take a political scientist to figure out why the white working class has left the party.

But why did they fall for Trump? That’s a good question that has an easy answer. Trump, lying as he may have been, was the only candidate who acknowledged that people other than minorities were suffering under the economic crisis. He was the only candidate who acknowledged that decades of Free Trade has resulted in the dramatic loss of jobs and opportunities in the United States while his opponent had an entire political history of promoting it. He was the only candidate who was not pledging to put even more of them out of work on the basis of disproven CO2 climate dangers. Maybe Appalachians aren’t as stupid as the NPR types think they are. After all, Appalachians, like the majority of the country, opposed free trade deals while “academics” and “intellectuals” promoted it along with the bankers, corporations, and politicians that were set to benefit from it financially.

This, however, is what has justified NPR’s (and other media outlets’) use of the term, “Trump’s America” when referring to Appalachia. It is a way of laying blame for Trump’s Presidency at the feet of Appalachians and labeling the “racism,” “xenophobia,” poverty, and “lack of education” of the people there as the reason why Trump was elected. Notice, however, that neither NPR nor any other media outlet would dare travel to an inner city ghetto in Baltimore and label it “Obama’s America” despite the fact that there are similar issues and concerns (and a higher dose of violence) in the inner city as there are in Appalachia.

In a brilliant article by Joshua Wilkey, “My Mother Wasn’t Trash,” Wilkey tells the story of his mother, a woman who, for NPR intellectuals, the words “trash” would no doubt be on the tips of their tongues. Wilkey’s mother died at 55, after years of bad relationships, addiction, and constant work that never lifted her out of poverty and eventually culminated in mental health issues. Her story may have made great reading for academics in between Fresh Air and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me but, for Wilkey, it was his mother. For her, it was her life. Wilkey’s mother wasn’t a quirky character in a southern fiction novel, she was a real person. Unfortunately, America’s intellectual class is much more comfortable with the fictional woman than the real one.

Much like their views on “social justice,” the intellectual class, after years of being trained to see color, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, orientation, and any other identity first and foremost, their ideas on Appalachians and poverty are disconnected from the human beings whose economic conditions they claim to want to see improved. Much like right wingers tend to blame minorities for being lazy and “not wanting to work” when it comes to high levels of unemployment in their communities, leftists blame Appalachians for their own poverty because they are, according to them, “racist” and “backwards.”

But let’s be honest. Economic exploitation and blaming the victim is no monopoly of any political persuasion or political party. Indeed, no one in the top levels of society truly believes poor people are poor because they are lazy or stupid. It is only propaganda fed and taught to the middle and “intellectual” classes to justify why some have all and most have none.

As Wilkey writes,

At first reading, the story of my mother’s life seems like little more than a tragedy. However, it is much more than that. Her story reveals the stark realities of growing up poor. All across Appalachia, there are thousands of women just like my mother working, striving, struggling, just to exist. So many people in Appalachia have broken minds and broken bodies and broken hearts, and they do nothing more than survive because that’s all they can do.

It is as popular now as ever to blame poor people for their station in life. Republican politicians love to talk about how poor people could stop being poor if only they made better choices or worked harder. If only they’d stop buying iPhones, they could afford insurance! These assholes – and I do not use that slur lightly – have no clue what it is like to grow up poor. They have no clue how hard it is in many places in the US just to keep the lights on and food on the table. It is easy for them, from the comfort of their cushy offices and homes, with full bellies and bank accounts, to pretend that poor people like my mother are poor because they are stupid or lazy or ignorant or irresponsible rather than confront the broken systems that perpetuate poverty in Appalachia and all across the US. Poor people don’t contribute to reelection funds, but those who profit from poor people sure do. Therefore, truth be told, most politicians couldn’t care less about the plight of the poor. There’s so much profit to be made from poor people – think payday loans, high-interest rent-to-own stores, for-profit colleges, and overpriced mobile homes – that politicians and their crony-capitalist donors have a vested interest in keeping them poor.

Many of us who have personal experience with poverty understand that addiction, mental illness, poor health, and lack of education are symptoms of poverty rather than causes. When I think about all the suffering my mother endured over the course of her life, I can’t help but wonder how anyone could think that she was to blame for her poverty. She started working at 12, and she worked every day for years, long after her body gave out on her. She made choices, some good, and plenty bad, but poor people have fewer options when faced with impending and potentially life-changing decisions. Poor people like Mom are often forced to choose from a small number of shitty options, and most of them try to find the one that is slightly less shitty than the others. When people are eaten up mentally and physically by a lifetime of compounded shitty choices, they reach a point where they can’t even decide what is best anymore, because they realize that no matter what they do – no matter how hard they try – they are cogs in a broken machine and nobody cares about them anyway. Poor Appalachian people are broken, but not nearly as broken as the systems that keep them poor.

Wilkey also briefly summarizes the history of Appalachia. He writes,

For generations, first with timber and coal and later with tourism, Appalachia has served as a sort of internal colony for the rest of the United States. People with no desire to live here came to pillage and plunder. They cheated Appalachian people out of their land and their resources, their dignity and their humanity. In central Appalachia, coal companies engaged in ruthless and ethically bankrupt tactics like using the broad form deed. They moved people into coal camps where they paid them poorly and forced them to buy everything from the overpriced company store. They were compelled to work and remain silent or become homeless. In southern Appalachia, timber barons came for the lumber. They clear-cut the mountains and left environmental and economic devastation in their wake. In both instances, Appalachian people were transformed from independent farmers and craftspeople into laborers treated like nothing more than replaceable parts. They were deprived of their resources, and the profit most certainly didn’t flow back into their communities. Today, all that remains in much of Appalachia are minimum wage service jobs. In the more touristy parts of the region, the people whose ancestors once thrived in these mountains now serve sweet tea and fried chicken to the vacationing descendants of those whose communities and wealth were built in part with the resources extracted from Appalachia.

Wilkey is right. I would suggest adding to that the war on drugs, the economic depression, the inability to find access to clean, nutritious food, lack of access to basic medical care, low ages, few jobs, rising costs of energy, food, and virtually everything else, as well as a polluted environment all serve to deepen the levels of poverty Appalachians find themselves in. America, in general, is becoming a third world country and it is doing so faster than most realize. Appalachia is perhaps one of the areas where that decline is most evident. But it’s not because the people are racist. It’s not because they are stupid. It’s not because they are backwards. It is the direction the entire country is heading in.

While so-called intellectuals continue to view Appalachia as a curious but scary place of violent racist poor white people, their perceptions are, in the real world, irrelevant. Appalachians have a right to their lives and communities too, just as much as anyone academics have deemed worthy of support and, as much as it may sting, even the academics themselves.

In the end, Wilkey’s article sums up a brilliant conclusion:

When my mother died, she had fifty-six cents in her bank account. Had someone told her they really needed that fifty-six cents, she would have given it to them without a second thought. She lived in a world that led her to understand the importance – no, the necessity – of helping others. If there’s any hope at all for fixing the brokenness in Appalachia, it lies with those who have a servant’s heart. It starts with putting aside condescending and selfish beliefs. It starts with taking a lesson from my sweet little mama and loving the outcast and the unloveable.

I would also suggest that it starts with not creating outcasts out of our own.

Brandon Turbeville writes for Activist Post – article archive here – He is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at)

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21 Comments on "Yes, Appalachia Is Part Of America"

  1. Mostly Scot-Irish that we’re not allowed til Civil War and even with JFK there was concern about his heritage being Irish
    History –

  2. Too many inconvenient truths about one of the most destitute place on this continent. No one wants to admit that this is hard living on par with any celebrated group in the rest of the country and more.

    Lets turn loose some SJW’s in the deep country and see how quickly their tune changes. Come get a dump truck serving of white misery. God bless Appalachia!

  3. Gotta love how liberals scapegoat white people as “privileged” and then claim Trump is being supported by all the “uneducated” whites. Hatred for workers can’t get any more obvious than that.

  4. Thank you Joshua Wilkey. All the excerpts Brandon Turbeville chose sharing here resonate quite deeply. Easy from that to comprehend why so many of us no longer consent, no longer have faith or confidence in the ‘system’. All the system does is kill dreams, hopes, ultimately the folks it’s supposed to grant these to for their agreed ethos of working hard to ‘get there’. We carry the can but the pie in the sky is a big damn lie.

    While currently only a house-husband, I have done more than enough of a fair share of what many dub ‘shit work’. I worked in a poultry plant for about two to four years, they did live hang killing of the chicken. I hung chicken and did so at first when the rate each man of two in the hang room had to be fifty four birds per minute, properly shackled feet. Come back later on and there were eight guys in the hanging room, we only needed to do twelve minimum per minute per man. This completely wrecked me, could not get the proper rhythm, got all kinds of frustrated and lost mentally.

    Other factors have come into play in life as well. Like most Appalachian boys I got a ‘healthy’ dose of beatings, and no they were not discipline, beatings. Grew up needing to be my own father and daddy. Mine ran off and I got a substitute that made no effort to sugar coat not wanting me. A lot of that goes on in Appalachia. So much so it’s not whining or complaining to state it here as I have. I’m not doing either. I survived, still live on. By the by, ‘that’s just life’, or so I was told a lot. So you learn rolling with the punches, figuratively and literally. No one tells you life can be different, they instead say it’s all you got so lump it. We do.

    That’s not the only other vector but I’ll digress as some of the other vectors had their share of fun at times. *grin* Might not have been the best choices to living, to attempting to get beyond this shit hole country of Appalachia, but at least if you can manage a wee bit of fun in all the shit life is bearable. Besides our government now encourages us to play, to go shopping, to toss away without care ‘disposable’ income. Wish I saw more of that disposable stuff, I sure wouldn’t be disposing of it. My wife could use it for our rent money, or our home / house savings fund, barring any unforeseen accidents or serious ailments we might run into.

    Than you too Brandon. I apologize too for this long comment. As I stated, your article and the excerpts resonate deep. Feels nice to simply write this out and know it won’t be misunderstood, debased, twisted into something it’s not.

    • sort of goes along with the NEW political slogan of “KILL WHITE PEOPLE”?
      they have been doing the KILLING for 50 years at least!!!
      11 MILLION MEXICANS here is a NO BRAINIER!!!

      • I think it is a general policy, “Kill people.” They don’t seem keen on discriminating. The pharisees worship death and greed. It is very sad when you think too long on it.

        I try not thinking about it too much. Bad enough my days all blur together with sameness, all being the same day just different hours marching on. I might even decide to quite fussing over human created time. I kind of live outside of it anyway.

        Instead I put thoughts to things like the Liter of Light & Schools from Bottles projects. Those folks are doing amazing things in my way of thinking. Liter of Light brings light into homes that otherwise cannot afford it, they kind of literally pipe the sun shine in to folks.

        There’s also Will Allen of Growing Power who gardens like mad and produces a million pounds of food on three acres. I get dizzy thinking about the amount of labor that requires. Sure, I can plant a garden and tend it but what is done with Growing Power takes that well beyond stratospheric in scope. I’m not quite sure I could manage such efforts as Atlas, not sure I need to try either, nobody needs to carry the weight of the world alone.

        Point being, I think of various different things, means, ways to a better ends. At present me and wife are making limited use of what help we’ve both worked and paid into, and is alleged to be there for us. We live in a subsidized by H.U.D apartment for now, maybe two years at most. She’s expecting a minor financial windfall from some employee stock & we are hoping to get help from the dept. of agriculture to buy a very small homestead. Yes, we’ll have a mortgage to pay back. We’ll do it too.

        We want to have dogs and cats roaming an area that is safe for them and affords us no real neighbors, to go calling the law in because we got dogs and cats roaming. We love these critters, to us they serve as children. I cannot sire human kids and she don’t want human kids. I’m happy being a daddy to dogs and cats. I might get us some geese too, they’re good sentries as well as good to sell or eat. I’ll also be gardening, or rather farming with a garden to feed us.

        Might even eventually get the Foxfire book series and make use its lore. This is the kind of folks we are. We’re not all highfalutin by any means. Shoot she dislikes even the idea of having to wear a dress, only seen her in one, the wedding dress. We don’t need or want all the most expensive stuff, no fancy smansy best and brand new for us.

        I vape and still use nicotine that way. Damn, I have a vice. It costs roughly $100-200 USD per year to maintain, if even that some years. I don’t buy the most fancy with it either. That’s about the only vice we have aside from enjoying a little sweets now and then and we could
        likely do without those if need be.

        Do I think we’d still get messed with? Yep I do because it’s proven the case. The pharisees only worship greed and death, forbid anyone live out meager lives in happiness. No, they got to “kill people”. Not sure why they so screwed up, never bothered asking, too busy keeping from them. Don’t really care either.

  5. People are poor because they are slaves to Pentagon traitors who print fake money
    and deprive us of honest silver as money. The pentagon pledges eternal service TO THE BRITISH EMPIRE. The pentagon are traitors that wipe their ass with our Declaration of Independence. People have never been paid for their labor. Most importantly, people cannot practice honest charity using pentagon fake money.
    We can do things for or give things to deserving people, but without real money we are severely limited in our ability to practice honest charity. LUCK is cultivated through honesty charity. People who cannot cultivate their luck ARE THE DAMNED WHO LIVE IN HELL. They have abandoned honest charity and make futile attempts at charity using FAKE MONEY. They don’t know the money is fake so they despair of practicing charity at all. The fake money pentagon Federal Reserve Note is promoted and endorsed by the jew worshipping christian idiot slave churches. Christians claim they don’t deserve to be rewarded for their charity. This is the essential perversion of their sick ideology of self loathing. Their holy book tells them they will be “saved” not by their charity but by drinking the holy blood of their zombie god Jesus. Christians don’t want to live in a free society. Christians don’t want the responsibility of maintaining civilian authority. Christians want to die and go live in the sky IN ANOTHER WORLD FOREVER. Christianity
    is the propaganda of the military war god state. Onward christian soldiers is the anthem of degenerates that reject civilian responsibility. These idiots think “war” is a “career”.

  6. Vlad TheSkewerer | February 2, 2018 at 5:34 am | Reply

    Chris Hedges book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” deals with these issues. Mentions the opioid abuse and how people move in slow motion because of it. Appalachia is one of several “national sacrifice zones” as he calls them.

  7. I was born in the east end of London. Read the book ‘People of the Abyss’ by Jack London (Available free in PDF on internet).
    It changed my life and brought me to understand my roots.
    He actually went there to understand the people he wanted to write about (George Orwell did the same).
    It is easy to theorise about Sh*tholes and Baltimore when sitting in an office in NY or Canary Wharf.
    “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in a society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorises it and a moral code that glorifies it.” -Frederick Bastiat

    “The individual is handicapped, by coming face-to-face, with a conspiracy so monstrous, he cannot believe it exists. The American mind, simply has not come to a realisation of the evil, which has been introduced into our midst . . . It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy, which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent.” — FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, 1956

    “Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realize that the object of life is not prosperity as we are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul.”
    ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    • Wish I could recall the title of it but there was one by Faulkner which also struck a chord or two. It spoke of folks going to the South Side of I think it was San Fransisco. Often read a slew of stuff all at once when I do read, so much of it runs together. A special note to a very sage gent, someone who stands on his own, Mr. Terry Pratchett.

      One of his Discworld books had me in stitches from laughing so hard. It then left me bawling my eyes out. Made me realize I knew my grandfather’s more so than I thought I did. These grandfathers all lived through much the same we still happen, got forged as template ‘old Joe’s’. You know the bloke I’m sure, one what works all hour, keeps going long after the last bell and fits in anywhere but nowhere.

      I guess there we are too. Well mate, reckon I’ll be off, somewhat a few projects here to tend. Run ‘er slow your side of the pond and recall, ‘never walk alone’.

  8. The saddest part of this is that the funding to make things better is gone, along with trillions stolen from the nation by the globalist central bankers. The money is just gone, never to be seen again. We’re just left with the debt, and so helping Americans becomes extremely difficult. But I guess that was the plan.

  9. wonderful brave author and book thank you!
    if TRUMP can read he needs a copy!
    hillary is beaten now we must BEAT Trump to keep his WORD!
    maga with NO WALL is a SURRENDER.
    Surrender is SLAVERY , fight or die.

  10. One of my parents grew-up in West Virginia in the 30’s and 40’s. When that particular parent was a child, they lived in what would be termed today as ‘adject poverty’!
    But in actuality, they re-structured their lives so as not to have to depend on money, and the low-paying dangerous jobs in the mines…
    My Grandmother said “We didn’t have a need for money…we had a big garden, a root cellar, a cow, chickens, 2 goats and a Clydesdale to pull the plow!’
    They also hunted game with a .22 single shot rifle. 1 round = 1 squirrel, or 1 rabbit, or a Blackbird.
    They cooked on a wood or coal-fired stove, and had a hand-pump which drew water from a deep well at the kitchen sink!
    & since there was no running water in the home, they had an outhouse…
    There was no electricity until the 1940’s, and school was in a 1-room school house that oversaw 5 grades.
    West Virginia has always been an exploited state, and the people there began to rebel with the arrival of the Labor Unions.
    There were many uprisings against the rich corporate ruling class and the mine owners; in fact, these people were not even paid in US Dollars; they were paid in company ‘script’ that overcharged the miners for everyday needs, leaving them in debt, poor, and in bad health!
    Then came the Matewan Massacre. Producer John Sayles actually did a movie vintage 1987 about Matewan, but this hasn’t actually been seen by many viewers, as the Powers That Be want that and the Battle of Blair Mountain forever erased from the collective memory.
    More shots were fired at Matewan that at the OK Corral!
    In the 1920, the Miner’s Wars began, and lasted for more than a year! This was the only time in U.S. history that the U.S. Government bombed it’s own citizens from the air; West Virginia was placed under Martial Law for more than 1 year statewide!
    & prior to that, good ol’ Masonic Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt had the camps of the striking miners machine-gunned from railway flat cars as the trains passed by the camps. (this was called ‘The Bull Moose Express).
    This explains why the poverty, disenfranchisement, and marginalization still occurs in places like Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
    In West Virginia, there has always seemingly been a Rockefeller as the Governor, placed there in order to keep the miners and their families oppressed forever and eternally punished for rising-up and demanding their human, civil and work rights.
    Those who stood-up for the People of West Virginia were either disappeared, or were assassinated / murdered, as was the case with Matewan Police Chief Sid Hatfield.
    Now, the Deep State is attempting to kill off the so-called ‘Hillbillies’ with Fentanyl, Oxycondone, Heroin and other opioids. This is two-fold; the deaths from overdosing, thus thinning out the ‘problem people’, while Big Pharma makes big profits from those using before they die from overdosing!
    My Appalacian parent got out of the cycle by moving out of the rural areas, and moving to Montgomery, West Virginia so that both my parent and my uncle could get College Degrees there at WVIT. From there, the brother had a 30+ year career in the USAF, and my parent taught High School in south Florida for 35 years. Their tuition for their degrees; $350 in 1942.
    Education was the way out of West Virginia; if you chose to stay as an educated person, then you were, statistically, the relative of a mine owner or a big business operator with a job saved for you.
    If you are a West Virginian, then you must demand your human, civil, legal and workers rights.
    You must de-tox and get off of the dope!!! If you have a few transport containers laying around, ask for volunteers to transform these into homes for those who are extremely impoverished!
    While the designed lack of opportunity continues, at least clean-up, fix-up, and become self-sufficient. Do so with the mindset that no one is coming to help you except…YOU!

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