Excerpts from three recent essays on the Appalachian stereotype
"Why Media Must Stop Misrepresenting Appalachia"
by Ivy Brashear in the Huffington Post:
“Elegy” has no class, no heart, and no warmth. It’s a poorly written appropriation of Appalachian stereotypes that presents us as a people who aren’t worthy of anything but derision and pity, and who cannot be helped because we refuse to help . . .
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Positive coverage of Wheeling from Reuters
Earlier this week the international news agency Reuters featured Wheeling in an article about the growing acceptance of LGBT rights:
In conservative America, small cities stand up for LGBT rights
As the article explains:
Defying stereotypes in the U.S. culture wars over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Wheeling is . . .
I've linked to Daily Yonder previously (most notably here). The site looks at rural and small-town America in a refreshing (non-stereotypical) way. It recently carried an interesting article on a national news network's attempt to get help from an Appalachian non-profit for a pre-election story on Appalachia. Aaron Phelps explains:
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