Hey Gabe Hanson, thanks for your comments. Race has nothing to do with the issue — as mentioned in my article, there are people representative of many races, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds represented by the Appalachian culture. And forgive me, but if you know anything about Appalachia and it’s people, from history or personal experience, we are definitely not “privileged” as you say. I am proud of my culture, and that’s the entire point — I don’t want to see it evaporate because the underlying stereotypes that are destroying it.
Thanks for taking the time to read my piece, and for adding to the conversation. Hope you’ll continue to read my work.