More Poverty Porn in Eastern Kentucky


With predictable regularity, the anti-White media remembers for the duration of a documentary or long-winded think piece that there are White people in poverty, too. The Guardian’s latest article, America’s Poorest White Town, is the latest paint-by-the-numbers piece in a long series of pieces which have been written every few years ever since LBJ launched his “War on Poverty” there half a century ago. They all anchor their narrative in LBJ’s visit, indulge in some poverty porn about how those people live, shake their heads about the welfare dependency and drug problems, and then sneer about how they “vote against their interests” by failing to be loyal Democrats.

Wait. Hold up. This one breaks from the script on that last count!

My dad was Republican. I’m raised a Republican and voting Republican. That’s just the way it is,” he said.

This is routinely, and sometimes sneeringly, characterised by Democrats in other parts of America as poor white people voting against their own interests. It’s a view that exasperates Davis.

“They say, why aren’t these people voting their self-interest? People always vote their self-interest if they can see it. If they believe the government doesn’t work, if they believe that the Democrats don’t really give a shit about people like them, don’t want to be in the same room with them, they want their vote but don’t want to hang out with them, then as they see it they’re voting their self-interest,” he said.

A more concise explanation of the basic mechanics of identity politics has never been spoken. Actually, a Democrat did show up on the national stage recently who does give a shit about people like them: Jim Webb. But he received no traction and was actively despised by the rest of the party. Of course he was. While he sports an Asian wife and checks the mandatory multicultural boxes, Webb hasn’t done nearly enough to distance himself from his whiteness and maleness to suit the fiercely anti-white mood of its base and anti-male mood of its insiders.

The article attempts to describe the real economic problems affecting the community, but gets sidetracked on a tangent about how racist the locals are.

“We’re in a place right now where a tonne of coal costs about $68 to mine in eastern Kentucky and about $12 to mine in Wyoming. They’re importing more Wyoming coal here than they’re using east Kentucky coal. But if you ask people why this is, it’s Obama. They won’t blame the market, they blame the policy. It’s been very convenient to shift it to the black guy.”

Hostility to the US’s first black president runs deep. In an editorial, Beattyville’s largest circulation newspaper, Three Forks Tradition, described Obama as “trying to destroy the United States as we know it”. It accused him of waging war on “Anglo-Saxon males, who work for a living, believe in God and the right to keep and bear arms” and called the president and his then attorney general, Eric Holder, “race baiters with blood on their hands”.

“He has driven racial wedges between the people that will take generations to heal,” the editorial said without irony.

The irony, supposedly, is that the local editor is the real racist for noticing the racially charged agenda of the Obama administration and Holder’s justice department. Even when the Blacks are millionaires with the most powerful titles in America, they’re still the victims of White “racists,” …even if those Whites are the most wretched and powerless Whites in America. Not to get recursive here, but the failure to get the obvious irony rests squarely on The Guardian’s Chris McGreal.

The article closes with the conclusion that it’s pretty much hopeless, and that the only real hope is to escape Appalachia altogether. If it is hopeless, it didn’t have to be. Had America spent the last several decades investing in the regions which actually needed investment, there would be hope. Instead, America’s invested trillions and trillions in its Black minority, then heaped on tens of millions of impoverished immigrants from around the world and invested trillions in them. Trillions more have also been invested in bombing the impoverished foreigners who couldn’t be bothered to relocate here.

Had a fraction of America’s squandered beneficence been invested in rural Appalachia, Beattyville would have ubiquitous high-speed Internet, passable roads, resourceful schools, and serviceable public infrastructure. It wasn’t, and neither Democrats nor Republicans have the least interest in correcting this betrayal of its most needful citizens. The Jewish lobby will keep getting its wars in the Middle East, the Black lobby will keep getting its “programs,” the business lobby will keep getting its job-destroying “free trade” deals, and the struggling folks in America’s dying small towns will keep getting the shaft.

And they’ll continue getting the shaft until they figure out that mere job training, drug abuse treatment, and more “work ethic” aren’t enough to save themselves. They have to get in the game, figure out that everything in modern politics is identity politics, and start fighting like hell for their identity…their white identity.

The local elites, always eager to suck up and signal to fancy outsiders, will fight back if they do. The rest of the nation will respond with even more attacks and insults against them than they habitually cough up at “hillbillies” and “country trash.” If the good people of Eastern Kentucky can muster up the courage to stand their ground against the bullying and shaming which rains down on Whites who fight for their interests, then there is indeed a great deal of hope for the future of Beattyville.


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By: Matt Parrott


Matt is a founding member of TradYouth and is currently the project's Chief Information Officer. He's been active in the White Identity cause for years, primarily as a blogger but also as a street activist and regional organizer.
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