Brandon Nida is a native of Salt Rock, WV, a doctoral student at UC Berkeley, a community organizer with Friends of Blair Mountain, and board member of Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC).
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Thursday, June 02, 2011
Build it Up, Appalachia!
We were born and raised in the hills of West Virginia, and so we’ve experienced our share of jokes and stereotypes from people outside the region. Calling someone a hillbilly is accepted by the majority of Americans as appropriate -- an expression of a politically correct stereotype. But most people don’t understand how those cultural denigrations mask a severe system of oppression and exploitation in Appalachia.