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Comments On L.A. Times Blog Target Eastern Kentucky County

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

An L.A. Times web blog is getting big reactions from people here in eastern Kentucky.

Last month, the newspaper published an article analyzing Senator Hillary Clinton’s landslide victory in Magoffin County where she took 93% of the vote.

In turn, people posted responses to the article saying Clinton won because Magoffin residents are under-educated and racist.

Comments posted on an L.A. Times' web blog have the people of Magoffin County upset. One person writes, Clinton shouldn't be proud of, "winning the votes of uneducated, poor, rural whites." Its opinions like that one, that don't sit well with county residents.

“Obviously, people who are saying that are being bias when they think of Kentucky, they think of probably hills and people just live up hollers and are very uneducated, but that's really not the case,” says Baillie Montgomery, who lives in Magoffin County

The article cites the fact from the Census Bureau that Magoffin County is the "least diverse place in the nation" and that it might have contributed to Clinton's win. However, people from Magoffin say they shouldn't be stereotyped because of where they're from.

“It's a little frustrating at times to think that people still think that we are ignorant hillbillies, or whatever the case might be,” says Sam Miller, who also lives in Magoffin County

Sam Miller has worked for the Magoffin school system for almost 20 years. He says at the end of the day, the people of Magoffin are just like everyone else.

“And i bet you if you go to California, wherever you go, people are just people and they're trying to live,” says Miller.

A message he hopes will be heard along with everyone else's opinions.

People are still leaving their thoughts and comments on the Times' website.

In fact, there are currently about 64 pages worth to comb through.

If you want to see the article and the response:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/05/one-last-kentuc.html


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