Power of Story Send a Tweet        

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (1 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   No comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

The View from West Virginia--It's the Guns and Religion, Stupid!

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message kellie bean       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Author 1861
- Advertisement -

I live and teach in West Virginia and have come to understand the prejudices against and stereotypes of the population of this state.  We are a largely underserved population: badly educated, poor, with a history of exploitation by corporate outsiders. When Obama said he understood why some folks would cling to guns and religion, I knew exactly who and what he was talking about.

 

It is my sincere hope that West Virginia (and the rest of Appalachia) will vote for Barack Obama precisely because of this observation about our culture.

 

- Advertisement -

Unlike McCain, to whom folks like us are totally invisible, Obama tries to understand how and why people come to their beliefs. Obama does not mock or turn voters against one another; indeed, he understands that some populations feel victimized, helpless and not a little angry. He recognizes that many of us feel overlooked, even abandoned by our leaders.

 

It is true that some populations are not as sophisticated as others; it is not true, however, that an apparent lack of sophistication and an embrace of guns and religion translates into ignorance, intolerance or stupidity. This long campaign season has proven that only one candidate understands this.

- Advertisement -

 

We all cling to markers of security. We all manage our anxieties with faith in things larger than ourselves (intellectuality, art, religion, family values), ideas that allow us to understand forces that not only frighten, but also genuinely victimize, us.

 

Here in West Virginia we have selected a Democrat for President in 14 of the past 19 elections. We need to make it an even 20.

 

As a population that has traditionally been either ridiculed or dismissed altogether by our politicians, we owe it to ourselves to elect the guy who sees us.

- Advertisement -

 

It’s the best place to start.

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Kellie Bean has been a Professor of English at Marshall University, an Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, and most recently, Provost of a small New England College. Author of "Post-Backlash Feminism: Women and the Media Since Reagan/Bush" (McFarland (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Year of the Butt: Olympic (Un)Coverage

Sarah Palin: Talk Talk Talkin' Revolution

Women's Health in Quotes

New Media Feminist Debate: Pornography

ESPN's Storm: Kornheiser's Tempest in a Tea Pot

Let 2010 be The Year We Loved our Bodies