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.

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  • by Donna Location: Va on Jun 26, 2008 at 03:41 PM
    I was born and raised in Magoffin County.I left to join the military.My family has lived in Magoffin County for many generations and will live thier for many generations to come. I think this article is the most redundant thing I have ever read in my life.For people that have never been to Eastern Ky to say the things they said is hurtful and shameless to down grade people for how they live and believe.I have seen many parts of the US. and meet many different people and I have to say there is nothing like going home and feeling the friendlyness and welcome of complete strangers.People in Ky will and have always had and additude that "they would give you the shirt off their backs if you need it." And as for calling us poor.uneducated,rural whites,and racist people This is a form of discrimination and I hope the people of Magoffing County stand together and seek legal guideness and stop this outragous comments......
  • by Note to Arlena on Jun 26, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    Please don't type any more comments on here as you are making everybody from KY look stupid. They can do that on their own without your help.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Jun 25, 2008 at 08:15 PM
    My comments do not usually get posted...Anyways,I am proud to live in Ky. Go to any state and you will find bigots, idiots, welfare recipients, hard working morally good people,Point is we are all the same.It makes me sick to read all the negative comments about Ky.With the choices we have as president, someday soon I fear,all the ones making fun of us will say " Can you help me feed my starving children?" Thats when us Kentuckians will say " Come on in, sit down and let me help you out!" Because we have heart, unlike 80% of those in this country making fun of us.Kinda ironic when you think about it. Their energy comes from our coal mines. Some of the food they eat and milk they drink comes from Ky.Seems to me they are biting the hand that feeds them.Guess the joke will eventually be on them.Worried in Pike said it best. We are all uneducated when it comes to treating people right.All ppl, not just Obama/Hillary/McCain supporters.Hecklers,We'll leave the light on for ya!!!!LOL
  • by dorothy Location: magoffin they best place to live on Jun 25, 2008 at 07:56 PM
    hello. I live in MAGOFFIN COUNTY the home of free voting for whom you want to vote can call us what you want. for we have been call worse, MAGOFFIN COUNTY is a good place to live and to raise your childrens and not worry about what they can into if they live in a big LA CALFORNIA WITH ALL THERE CRIME.
  • by former resident Location: pikeville on Jun 25, 2008 at 07:15 PM
    I was raised in Magoffin Co. and did not move that far away from home. I have been quite successful and well traveled. I find the people from this area are the nicest people I have encountered.
  • by mojo risin Location: deane ky on Jun 25, 2008 at 06:36 PM
    bring all of compton an longbeach here you will be welcome just dont come in these hollers at night
  • by bukworm Location: MAGOFFIN on Jun 25, 2008 at 03:09 PM
    i am from magoffin county and proud of it as i understand it we will all have to live under the president no matter who is elected not just clinton, obama, or McCain just because clinton won magoffin in the primary does not mean obama can not win it in november. maybe the people of la should look at some of the people from ky who has made it big such as Larry Flint. is he not from magoffin county i bet they will not call him an ignorant hillbilly for they would be afraid they would be in front of a judge OH! by the way my family and i voted for McCain.
  • by Stephanie Location: Lexington on Jun 25, 2008 at 03:05 PM
    Honestly, the article is correct that Magoffin co. is homogenious. The author was stating that Hilary should not be proud of getting the votes of one population of people. I agree (although I am a Clinton supporter). A well rounded canidate will win in November with the whole population, and so our superdelegates believed Obama could do that. The real offense comes from the fact that there are not many people we can still make fun of in this country and get away with it socially. One of these groups is rednecks, hillbillies, i.e eastern KY. Perhaps one day we can irradicate this prejudice from those open minded Californians. However, when I read some of these comments, I don't see it happening in the near future. Sorry. We are what we are and I don't see change on the horizon for eastern KY culture. After all, isn't that why MC has such a high rate of all the same kind of people?
  • by Sundy Location: Somerset,Ky on Jun 25, 2008 at 02:28 PM
    I was raised in Eastern Kentucky;you know as far into the mountains as you can go. Let me tell you that in my lifetime (Im 41) I have met people from all over the U.S. and overseas and people are not any smarter in one area . I have known some exceptional people from eastern Ky that could survive in the mountains,in the winter with little to no help from anyone else. Do you as a reader know many city people that can do it? I didnt think so!
  • by William Location: best place on earth ky on Jun 25, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    I'm glad I live in the heart land of North America far from any coastal city in a region where crime is Low where small towns have a sense of family with very beautiful young women and very handsome men great University's wonderful musical culture where the mountains scrape the sky's of blue and white with majestic sunsets and rivers are teal color streams that lace threw the blue hills and golden valleys with white waterfalls cascading over rocks that glow in the dark with rainbows arching out of the base of the waterfalls at night am I in heaven? or is this south east Kentucky? I can understand why so many people would be jealous the people of south east Ky and Kentucky in General have lots to be thankful for and I am never ashamed to say with a hick accent thank God I was born in Kentucky I like it here and I will vote for who I want and I vote for Barack Obama thanks God bless.


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