Dustin Steele is a native of Mingo County, WV, and is currently a student at Marshall University. He is a project coordinator with Build It Up West Virginia, and comes from a long line of union coalminers.
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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.