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  •  I really don't disagree with you (0+ / 0-)

    Having been a victim of stereotypes, I totally understand that news coverage can be skewed to give an inaccurate portrayal of people. I did not see enough stories or first-hand reports to the contrary.

    That's how people feel about Mississippi, my home state. I also let people know that things have improved greatly from my childhood, at least in Central and Southern Mississippi. I can't say that about Northern Mississippi because I don't know the area (which is also included in Appalachia)

    But there are visible signs of change in Mississippi. Plus, black folks have big mouths and are quick to speak about injustices. That was one of the great legacies of the civil rights era. We gained our voice and we fought back, and we won ... at least to some degree. From those victories we gained hope.

    I don't see that in West Virginia. Those people need hope. Maybe then we won't be viewed as the enemy. If I missed something please let me know. I'm never too old to learn.

    -7.38, -5.23 "Though the storm may be raging, and the billows tossing high, Lord I feel like going on."

    by CocoaLove on Fri May 23, 2008 at 09:50:41 AM PDT

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