Re: Pete Roses cheap shot torwards West Virginia!
Yep. You can call your brother ugly, but if someone from outside the family does it, you've got trouble.
We kid each other, but it gets pretty old hearing it from people who have never been to West Virginia or ever met a West Virginian.
If you look at any one of the jokes or insults on its own, it would be easy enough to laugh it off and ignore it. But the sheer volume of years and years of hearing it over and over is what gets to me.
Like most stereotypes, there is some truth in the image. There certainly are poor and ignorant hillbillies in West Virginia. I grew up there so I speak from experience. But there are also a lot of intelligent and normal people, just like anywhere else.
It's just as ignorant as assuming that all New Yorkers are mean-spirited jerks. Some are, hence the stereotype. To imagine that all are is just ignorance.
Prejudice is the most pure form of ignorance.
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