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113. West Virginians who work in the DC area (mostly building trades) like to joke about "Homey"
Edited on Wed May-07-08 03:42 PM by Leopolds Ghost
It is their considered-polite term for black people.

Many of them refuse to live east of the Blue Ridge
even if they have to get up at 3 in the morning.

I have a friend/acquaintance who lives on the Appalachian Trail
and is a pure-d Appalachian-American (his son got an RV when he
was 3 and a Hooter's T-shirt for his 10th birthday signed by the
waitresses -- which he promptly covered with NASCAR stickers.)
he has God Bless Our Troops on the bumper of his contractor vehicle,
etc. But he grew up in the DC area and has black friends in DC.
He would move back to DC area but his wife would never allow it.
Oh yeah and to be vague about it, I don't think he has anything
against people that grow marijuana in their backyard.
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  -Please allow me to explain West Virginia to you theboss  May-07-08 11:21 AM   #0 
  - Excellent post! I love WV,'s almost heaven to me  livetohike   May-07-08 11:27 AM   #1 
  - The WV I know and love  iiibbb   May-07-08 03:45 PM   #116 
     - Jesco!!! I've got his autograph. n/t  Blondiegrrl   May-07-08 10:26 PM   #178 
  - I've traveled the West Virginia Turnpike every year since 1978 or earlier.  yardwork   May-07-08 11:31 AM   #2 
  - K & R  Withywindle   May-07-08 11:31 AM   #3 
  - Thanks for the information! K&R  anonymous171   May-07-08 11:32 AM   # 
  - you arent racist cause there are no black people...but....  Egnever   May-07-08 11:32 AM   #4 
  - I was making a joke. I also said I know where every Catholic lives.  theboss   May-07-08 11:42 AM   #9 
  - Say do you also know how many of you are there in WV  futureliveshere   May-07-08 11:51 AM   #22 
  - at last count, 8  theboss   May-07-08 11:53 AM   #25 
     - Funny. But true, I'm afraid. n/t  Kukesa   May-07-08 12:14 PM   #43 
     - Yoiks... Sigh!! Thanks.  futureliveshere   May-07-08 12:32 PM   #59 
     - My husband and I are two of them, lol.  Blondiegrrl   May-07-08 10:27 PM   #179 
  - I know you're an Obama guy..I remember.  zidzi   May-07-08 03:26 PM   #107 
     - Senator Jay Rockefeller.  ellisonz   May-07-08 07:25 PM   #157 
  - I'd say you missed the point.  demwing   May-07-08 11:43 AM   #10 
  - you can be both  woolldog   May-07-08 12:16 PM   #46 
     - But that's the racist you can actually talk to.  ieoeja   May-07-08 04:11 PM   #126 
  - I grew up in WVA, and the OP is correct. WVA AA population about 3.5%  WillYourVoteBCounted   May-07-08 12:01 PM   #34 
  - Bluefield is strange because it is divided by a state line too, right?  theboss   May-07-08 12:03 PM   #36 
     - There's two Blfds, Blfd WVA and Blfd Va  WillYourVoteBCounted   May-07-08 10:03 PM   #168 
  - That phrase isn't a joke  NobleCynic   May-08-08 12:14 AM   #189 
  - What's the best way for Obama to campaign there?  rocknation   May-07-08 11:35 AM   #5 
  - I don't think he has time for the town meeting approach.  theboss   May-07-08 11:45 AM   #14 
  - Fortunately, Obama's sitting so pretty that Hillary needs 86% of the vote  rocknation   May-07-08 11:54 AM   #27 
  - He would do better to campaign in Kentucky, I think  theboss   May-07-08 12:11 PM   #40 
  - "you physically can't get to some of them"  Bill McBlueState   May-07-08 12:33 PM   #60 
     - I've been to most counties, but you really have to desire to get to some of them  theboss   May-07-08 12:37 PM   #65 
     - Webster County demographics  Bill McBlueState   May-07-08 01:03 PM   #76 
        - His name's John  theboss   May-07-08 01:05 PM   #79 
     - When I was a child, I raised goats for 4-H . My dad and I drove to this place called Duck  Blondiegrrl   May-07-08 10:33 PM   #180 
  - I'd think the college crowd would be the best place to campaign.  L0oniX   May-07-08 10:09 PM   #170 
  - I have a friend in West Virginia  JustABozoOnThisBus   May-07-08 11:38 AM   #6 
  - I'm really glad I read all of this before responding.  deadmessengers   May-07-08 11:38 AM   #7 
  - The point I was trying to make is, we aren't like other states.  theboss   May-07-08 11:48 AM   #17 
     - I can empathize with you there...  Blue_In_AK   May-08-08 12:19 AM   #190 
  - great post and a real insight about the "on the ground" politics  nomorewhopper   May-07-08 11:39 AM   #8 
  - We've had "persistent economic troubles" since 1863  theboss   May-07-08 11:49 AM   #19 
  - So are you saying it's the incumbency ALONE that is valued, regardless of what an incumbent is  patrice   May-07-08 11:43 AM   #11 
  - No one particularly cares about Byrd's constitutional views  theboss   May-07-08 11:52 AM   #23 
     - Okay, so how does the Constitution rate in a "Southern mentality"? nt  patrice   May-07-08 11:58 AM   #30 
     - I don't get the question  theboss   May-07-08 12:00 PM   #32 
        - You got the question okay. Just trying to understand what factors might  patrice   May-07-08 12:12 PM   #41 
           - McCain's military background will trump anything he can do on the ground, I think  theboss   May-07-08 12:16 PM   #45 
              - Thanks for the reality check. I hope the campaign demonstrates their respect  patrice   May-07-08 12:20 PM   #51 
              - Unless it's John Kerry, yes? Then it's the purple heart band-aid treatment?  kaybea   May-07-08 01:38 PM   #89 
                 - Kerry had his own problems in WV  theboss   May-07-08 02:48 PM   #100 
                 - I thought the GOP put out a flier saying Democrats would ban the bible.  beachmom   May-07-08 03:54 PM   #120 
                 - Give us a little more credit that that  theboss   May-07-08 04:13 PM   #127 
                    - Oh, that is true on the steel -- Bush, a free trader, went all protective on steel.  beachmom   May-07-08 04:35 PM   #137 
                       - Bush's protectionism on steel triggered a fist fight that I witnessed  theboss   May-07-08 04:38 PM   #139 
                 - Yeah, a douche, great reply, really answers that rank hypocrisy.  kaybea   May-07-08 04:30 PM   #135 
                 - I can somewhat see where the poster is coming from  knight_of_the_star   May-07-08 06:02 PM   #151 
                 - Hypocritical of folks, isn't it.  Leopolds Ghost   May-07-08 03:32 PM   #109 
     - You just made me ROFL  knight_of_the_star   May-07-08 06:00 PM   #150 
        - You have to experience life with Senator Byrd to understand it.  theboss   May-07-08 06:29 PM   #155 
        - Your Own Personal Byrd... Someone who can answer your prayers / someone who cares...  Leopolds Ghost   May-07-08 09:57 PM   #165 
        - WE NEED A PIC!! Photoshoppers?  Leopolds Ghost   May-07-08 09:55 PM   #163 
  - Hey can you help me? I remember being about 12 and my family got lost on this back road off of  beat tk   May-07-08 11:45 AM   #12 
  - Try this link to Lost River State Park:  Kukesa   May-07-08 01:09 PM   #81 
  - My husband was born in Elkins and went to Greenbrier Military  Kukesa   May-07-08 11:45 AM   #13 
  - Oh man Elkins! That has got to be one of the prettiest places in the US.  beat tk   May-07-08 11:46 AM   #15 
  - Gotta agree with you. Almost heaven? n/t  Kukesa   May-07-08 11:49 AM   #20 
  - Elkins is gorgeous country; impossible to get to though  theboss   May-07-08 11:55 AM   #29 
  - Is it a closed primary? And do you know how many Democrats there are roughly?  NotThisTime   May-07-08 11:47 AM   #16 
  - Independents can vote in the Democratic primary.  Blondiegrrl   May-07-08 10:54 PM   #186 
  - very interesting post, thank you for the info!  Texas Hill Country   May-07-08 11:49 AM   #18 
  - Great post and great job at "Expectation Management"  futureliveshere   May-07-08 11:50 AM   #21 
  - Shorter: Bigoted hillbillies who lost to Pitt last year - WOOT!!  BlooInBloo   May-07-08 11:52 AM   #24 
  - My dad and I were trying to decide if that was the single worst day in state history  theboss   May-07-08 11:58 AM   #31 
     - Heh. That's what's so great about rivalries - each one is a coin flip...  BlooInBloo   May-07-08 12:01 PM   #35 
  - Excellent post!  kentuck   May-07-08 11:54 AM   #26 
  - "my hometown which is really a suburb of Pittsburgh in some ways"  skypuddle   May-07-08 11:55 AM   #28 
  - I was just going to ask him  OnionPatch   May-07-08 11:02 PM   #187 
     - Big Red, or Catholic Central?  skypuddle   May-08-08 10:37 AM   #202 
        - I played Little League right next to it  theboss   May-08-08 10:47 AM   #204 
        - Wintersville High School  OnionPatch   May-08-08 03:50 PM   #208 
           - I can probably tell you  theboss   May-08-08 04:06 PM   #212 
  - Very interesting.  janeaustin   May-07-08 12:00 PM   #33 
  - This is a FACT that is both indisputable, and unchangeable:  AchtungToddler   May-07-08 12:06 PM   #37 
  - I don't disagree  theboss   May-07-08 12:07 PM   #38 
  - Grew up in Martinsburg  The Ghost   May-07-08 12:09 PM   #39 
  - The Eastern Panhandle and Northern Panhandle are outliers  theboss   May-07-08 12:17 PM   #47 
     - so do you think Obama can win WV?  The Ghost   May-07-08 12:20 PM   #50 
     - neither the primary nor the general  theboss   May-07-08 12:22 PM   #54 
        - Isnt ironic that WV seceded  The Ghost   May-07-08 12:23 PM   # 
           - We didn't really secede over slavery  theboss   May-07-08 12:29 PM   #58 
              - Technicalities! :)  The Ghost   May-07-08 12:33 PM   #61 
     - the eastern panhandle may be an outlier, but it has a nice chunk  DeaconBlues   May-08-08 11:22 AM   #207 
  - I think you hit it on the head! I was married to a W Virginian whose family changed their name from  1776Forever   May-07-08 12:12 PM   #42 
  - OMG...I loved this post.  Harvey Korman   May-07-08 12:15 PM   #44 
  - I loved it too. Nice to read something both funny and true. n/t  Kukesa   May-07-08 12:18 PM   #48 
  - Nicely put. Lived in Lewisburg for two years. I miss it. Beautiful down there. n/t  JohnnyBoots   May-07-08 12:18 PM   #49 
  - Are you an osteopath?  theboss   May-07-08 12:20 PM   #52 
     - The old Greenbrier Military Academy is now  Kukesa   May-07-08 12:25 PM   #56 
     - My wife is. The O-School was great for both of us. They really  JohnnyBoots   May-07-08 01:55 PM   #93 
  - Now is the time for all good Dems to come to the aid of their party!  ClayZ   May-07-08 12:20 PM   #53 
  - Nice! .jpeg!! Thanks. nt  patrice   May-07-08 12:23 PM   #55 
     - I found it right here on DU :-)  ClayZ   May-07-08 12:35 PM   #63 
  - Sorry, but Idaho and Wyoming are racially isolated as well. That didn't stop them from voting Obama  Alhena   May-07-08 12:26 PM   #57 
  - Obama might win a WV Caucus  theboss   May-07-08 12:34 PM   #62 
  - Did the Big Dog win in WV twice?  arewenotdemo   May-07-08 10:50 PM   #184 
  - What white people don't get their choice. and if it is not Obama  dogday   May-07-08 12:36 PM   #64 
  - Yeah, there is a distinction. I don't think racists voted for Clinton in NH.  beachmom   May-07-08 03:58 PM   #122 
     - I think most people vote what they know.... eom  dogday   May-07-08 08:56 PM   #159 
  - Wisconsin as well. (I agree w the rest of your post as to the real reason)  harun   May-07-08 12:39 PM   #67 
  - Then what do you call 92% voting for obama???  wvbygod   May-07-08 01:56 PM   #94 
     - Hi fellow Mountaineer!  skypuddle   May-07-08 02:25 PM   #99 
     - Welcome to DU!  Mudoria   May-07-08 02:49 PM   #101 
  - I lived in Buckhannon for a year  DesertedRose   May-07-08 12:39 PM   #66 
  - Ok...Buckhannon deserves its own little section because scary shit happens there  theboss   May-07-08 12:47 PM   #68 
  - My husband's mother was born in Buckhannon and the KKK  Kukesa   May-07-08 01:03 PM   #75 
     - I'm not being defensive, but it's the only part of the state where I've heard extensive KKK stories  theboss   May-07-08 01:07 PM   #80 
  - "Long live the Dancing Outlaw "  skypuddle   May-07-08 03:52 PM   #119 
  - My Brother (who is black) lives in parkersburg and he loves it  Fluffdaddy   May-07-08 12:47 PM   #69 
  - I have two questions about West Virginians... >  TexanDem   May-07-08 12:48 PM   #70 
  - The first one is tricky  theboss   May-07-08 12:56 PM   #71 
     - Thank you very much. Will be interesting to see how it goes.  TexanDem   May-07-08 12:59 PM   #73 
  - my mother grew up in Charleston  bigtree   May-07-08 12:57 PM   #72 
  - I went to a Rainbow Gathering in WV 18 years ago.  fight4my3sons   May-07-08 01:02 PM   #74 
  - Wow. Freaking Amazing Post.  prodn2000   May-07-08 01:04 PM   #77 
  - I'm familiar with the state  marions ghost   May-07-08 01:04 PM   #78 
  - There is no loyalty to the Republican Party in WV...never has been  theboss   May-07-08 01:11 PM   #82 
     - sounds about right  marions ghost   May-07-08 01:54 PM   #92 
  - Thanks for the thorough and informative description and a question for you  onenote   May-07-08 01:11 PM   #83 
  - Some...maybe....Our relationship with our senators is weird  theboss   May-07-08 01:16 PM   #84 
     - thanks.  onenote   May-07-08 01:20 PM   #85 
  - Here ya go. Let's see if I look familiar...  skypuddle   May-07-08 01:23 PM   #86 
  - I liked Morgantown  DesertedRose   May-07-08 01:50 PM   #90 
  - I still live here in Morgantown, and ugh, I'm getting too damned old for this place.  skypuddle   May-07-08 02:16 PM   #98 
  - look amazing. n/t  hillsidestrangler   May-07-08 01:50 PM   #91 
  - Well thank you.  skypuddle   May-07-08 02:13 PM   #96 
     - That was my first thought too.. You watch out  SoCalDem   May-07-08 03:36 PM   #110 
        - Hey, I only go after the conservatives....  hillsidestrangler   May-07-08 10:18 PM   #175 
  - uhhh.......  BigDaddy44   May-07-08 03:24 PM   #106 
  - Thanks, I think.  skypuddle   May-07-08 03:54 PM   #121 
  - She's mine. I saw her first.  theboss   May-07-08 04:16 PM   #129 
     - "Though a cousin of hers will be at my wedding..."  skypuddle   May-07-08 09:52 PM   #162 
  - You're beautiful!  Leopolds Ghost   May-07-08 10:25 PM   #177 
  - Sky...  HooptieWagon   May-07-08 10:37 PM   #182 
     - "I'd be happy to show you around."  skypuddle   May-08-08 09:27 AM   #199 
        - I'm busted!  HooptieWagon   May-08-08 09:50 AM   #200 
  - I was born and raised in a PGH suburb too and  ladywnch   May-07-08 01:28 PM   #87 
  - I admit ...  Khaotic   May-07-08 01:35 PM   #88 
  - Do y'all grow a lot of weed? The demo's and geography suggest it.  Jed Dilligan   May-07-08 01:58 PM   #95 
  - Marijuana is WV's #1 cash crop.  skypuddle   May-07-08 02:15 PM   #97 
     - There was a program on The History Channel about pot-growing in Appalachia  theboss   May-07-08 02:52 PM   #102 
     - Think of the roads, schools, and healthcare  Jed Dilligan   May-07-08 02:57 PM   #103 
  - "We are not liberal" Excuse me, whsat is your definition of liberal? Don't you care about economics?  Leopolds Ghost   May-07-08 03:21 PM   #104 
  - 40 years ago, the Unions had power.  theboss   May-07-08 03:39 PM   #112 
     - The more MR and other "efficiency" measures they endorse, the more jobs will be cut.  Leopolds Ghost   May-07-08 03:49 PM   #118 
        - I never thought of West Virginia as a paticulary pro-capitliast state  theboss   May-07-08 04:20 PM   #131 
        - I might live with capitalism (the original version, not what we have now.)  Leopolds Ghost   May-07-08 10:02 PM   #167 
        - I'm really trying to explain how odd West Virginia's politics are  theboss   May-07-08 04:41 PM   #140 
           - Sounds like it is a clannish place... not unlike parts of Scotland and Ireland  Leopolds Ghost   May-07-08 10:05 PM   #169 
              - "other mountainous "don't fuck with us and we won't fuck with you" type places."  skypuddle   May-07-08 10:18 PM   #174 
  - Could be a Dem pick up this fall. Important to hold a Dem primary there to  McCamy Taylor   May-07-08 03:23 PM   #105 
  - As an Obama supporter, I think WV is one state that Hillary can win that he can't  theboss   May-07-08 03:41 PM   #115 
  - Also, those interstates and strip mines are filling every single holler with gravel and slag  Leopolds Ghost   May-07-08 03:27 PM   #108 
  - All Obama needs is to declare Jesco White as his running mate...  iiibbb   May-07-08 03:36 PM   #111 
  - West Virginians who work in the DC area (mostly building trades) like to joke about "Homey"  Leopolds Ghost   May-07-08 03:40 PM   #113 
  - Yikes , I wouldn't like to be live there  UndertheOcean   May-07-08 03:40 PM   #114 
  - Not having any zoning has its advantages  theboss   May-07-08 04:30 PM   #134 
  - You forgot to mention Don Blankenship  underpants   May-07-08 03:45 PM   #117 
  - So Hillary wins because she's the incumbent (sort of).  ieoeja   May-07-08 04:00 PM   #123 
  - I think Obama has a hell of a hill to climb in the general  theboss   May-07-08 04:31 PM   #136 
  - Considering Al Gore lost by 5....  ieoeja   May-07-08 04:36 PM   #138 
  - Obama doesn't stand a chance against McCain in WV.  Blondiegrrl   May-07-08 10:52 PM   #185 
  - Nice synopsis.  susankh4   May-07-08 04:02 PM   #124 
  - I certainly would not recognize that as the state  MadAnne   May-07-08 04:06 PM   #125 
  - Are you in Bluefield?  theboss   May-07-08 04:28 PM   #133 
  - good post - sad, funny, frustrating  RainDog   May-07-08 04:15 PM   #128 
  - You forgot Morgantown. There are plenty of black people in Morgantown.  oktoberain   May-07-08 04:18 PM   #130 
  - Morgantown is only 4 percent black.  theboss   May-07-08 04:27 PM   #132 
     - Yes, but that only counts the people who live within the city limits.  oktoberain   May-07-08 06:05 PM   #152 
        - Hey!  skypuddle   May-07-08 09:22 PM   #161 
  - posting from my home here in Bluefield and......  bobbydem   May-07-08 05:13 PM   #141 
  - Is not having many or any blacks in your state really a justification for being racist?  kwenu   May-07-08 05:22 PM   #142 
  - A guy from Sweden would probably be poked with a stick  theboss   May-07-08 05:24 PM   #144 
  - You know, I don't think I want to allow you to  MadAnne   May-07-08 05:31 PM   #146 
     - Wierd albino ice-men should always be poked! Just look at Conan O'Brien n/t  Leopolds Ghost   May-07-08 10:15 PM   #172 
  - One horribly ugly xenophobic/racial moment from my childhood  theboss   May-07-08 05:34 PM   #147 
     - Did the steel mill get built? n/t  Leopolds Ghost   May-07-08 10:17 PM   #173 
     - Yes  theboss   May-08-08 12:33 AM   #193 
     - I had to laugh at this. Simply because it is so ridiculous. I hope they've made a little progress  kwenu   May-07-08 11:41 PM   #188 
        - Dude. This was 1983  theboss   May-08-08 12:34 AM   #194 
  - Obama plans to win Wyoming instead  OzarkDem   May-07-08 05:23 PM   #143 
  - I remember someone posting...  stillcool47   May-07-08 05:29 PM   #145 
  - Why are the Appalachians so Hillarite?  carolinayellowdog   May-07-08 05:36 PM   #148 
  - Thanks for the info!!  Zachstar   May-07-08 05:43 PM   #149 
  - Basically, West Virginia is full  spokane   May-07-08 06:06 PM   #153 
  - What is the feeling in WV about the war?  dansolo   May-07-08 06:11 PM   #154 
  - Great info TB, throughout the tread. Thanks.  WIllo   May-07-08 07:09 PM   #156 
  - Hmm..thanks for the heads up. I'll probably avoid that area for now nt  Truth Hurts A Lot   May-07-08 07:31 PM   #158 
  - One of the black people who live in WV  MadAnne   May-07-08 09:02 PM   #160 
  - Mountain Stage is the gem of the state! LOVE that show. n/t  Blondiegrrl   May-07-08 10:40 PM   #183 
  - Wouldn't you say that anti-environmentalism has something to do with it?  Hippo_Tron   May-07-08 09:56 PM   #164 
  - No, it has much more to do with Gun politics than environmentalsim.  skypuddle   May-07-08 10:14 PM   #171 
     - Agreed. The majority of West Virginians actually OPPOSE strip mining. n/t  Blondiegrrl   May-07-08 10:35 PM   #181 
  - Could you also recognize them by this flag ? Just wondering.  L0oniX   May-07-08 10:01 PM   #166 
  - West Virginian for Obama here checking in.  Blondiegrrl   May-07-08 10:25 PM   #176 
  - Obama will win Monongalia county...  skypuddle   May-08-08 10:34 AM   #201 
     - Can you really see him winning Hancok or Ohio counties?  theboss   May-08-08 10:42 AM   #203 
        - Ohio county? Yeah.  skypuddle   May-08-08 10:58 AM   #205 
  - Nice explanation  davidpdx   May-08-08 12:27 AM   #191 
  - As a black man who lived in Parkersburg, WV for 1 year  hokies4ever   May-08-08 12:32 AM   #192 
  - "most blacks wouldn't feel comfortable living or even visiting." Why?  Fluffdaddy   May-08-08 05:17 AM   #196 
     - There is a clue in the OP  Apollo11   May-08-08 05:35 AM   #197 
        - Don't overstate the case  theboss   May-08-08 08:11 AM   #198 
  - Anyone think Obama will campaign there?  pettypace   May-08-08 01:32 AM   #195 
  - Absolutely fascinating stuff!  msallied   May-08-08 11:20 AM   #206 
  - You make West Virginians sound like a bunch of willfully ignorant morons  lynyrd_skynyrd   May-08-08 03:55 PM   #209 
  - I think we sound like nice people  theboss   May-08-08 04:04 PM   #211 
  - I'd like to thank the OP for a great post.  george_maniakes   May-08-08 03:58 PM   #210 
  - New Poll on RCP  Secret_Society   May-08-08 04:29 PM   #213 

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