Johnny Telvor was not happy about Barack Obama becoming the Democratic presidential nominee. Not happy at all.
Standing outside the sturdy courthouse in the sweltering heat of a West Virginia afternoon in the small town of Williamson, Telvor smoked a cigarette and bluntly gave his opinion of Obama's historic mission to be America's first black president.
...the uglier truth is that part of white America remains secretly - or sometimes openly - deeply distrustful of the idea of a black president.
Williamson is a typical slice of Appalachia. The town of 3,000 souls lies on the banks of the Tug Fork River, overshadowed by the mountains that surround it. A railway runs through the centre of town, which has long been used to hard times as the coal industry faded away.
Williamson and West Virginia are far from alone in rejecting Obama. Take Pikeville, Kentucky. It welcomes visitors with a cheerful sign that boasts it is one of 'the 100 best small towns in America'. But it is not friendly country for Obama. On Pikeville's main street, just outside a now abandoned Obama campaign office, Stanley Little laughed when asked if he could support Obama. 'I will vote for McCain,' he said. Little, a maintenance man for local offices, had one simple reason why he too was rejecting his long family history of voting Democrat. 'McCain is one of us. Obama ain't,' he said, leaving little doubt as to who he meant by 'us'.
It is not just an Appalachian issue. There are pockets of this sentiment across America from the working class white suburbs of Philadelphia to the rust belt towns of Ohio and Michigan. Many poor, white Americans are prepared to flock to McCain rather than face a black occupant of the White House.
On the streets of towns such as Pikeville and Williamson, and in the minds of people like Little and Telvor, that past lives on. It is kept in the present by poverty, joblessness and a fear of the different.
Good liberal propaganda here.
I find this particular article rather amusing. Not because I see it as an attack upon Appalachia and rural America in general, but rather because the writer of the the article (like others I've noticed lately) is actually trying to deny that Whites are all racists by blaming "poverty" for rural Whites not taking to Obama.
(Also, as to be expected, he is not the least bit concerned with the apparent racism on the part of the 90% of blacks who voted against the White woman)
This is warped liberal hypocrisy cranked up to 11!
For years they have been headlining articles insisting that all White people are racist, despite evidential-based claims to the contrary. Now, going 180, they are insisting that all White people are not racist, just the frustrated poor and disenfranchised who, once they feel the light of economic liberation, will come around and embrace their new destiny in the racially harmonious America of the 21st Century.
The White liberal media, both in Europe and America, is so worked up over Obama that they are apparently trying to convince themselves that everyone, all other Whites included, must love Obama as much as they do. So when they come across Whites who express contrary sentiments, they are now forced to explain it away, not as some ingrained, deep-rooted prejudice, but rather as the economically mend-able foibles of their abused and bemused second class brethren.
Hear is a little piece of Rural Wisdom.
People do not fear what they don't know. People fear WHAT THEY DO KNOW, because in order to fear something you must first understand it.
For example, most people aren't afraid of falling from a 40 story high-rise because they never took the time to get to know the ground. No, most people are afraid of falling from a 40 story building because they know of, understand and are familiar with, gravity...