from Selena Zito,  Judgey about the way people dress? You’re killing America

Spend one hour in the mile-long factory, which is sited to take advantage of both the region’s rich clay soil, perfect for making ceramics, and the skills passed on from one generation to another, and you understand intellect and talent do not have to come from a four-year institution.

Value and virtue in your work comes from a variety of skills, education and experience.

Fifteen years ago, we didn’t know what people who weren’t like us were thinking, because they were not around us, explains Dane Strother, a Democratic strategist.

“Facebook and 24-hour news and a plethora of news stations and social media has brought focus to those differences. It’s the first time different Americans have ever looked up and seen each other every day. And neither one likes what the other one is seeing,” he says.

Stereotypes are peculiar things. They make targets out of those who are different, be it in language or traditions. And it appears Appalachia remains the last minority population in America for which it is socially acceptable to question intelligence, speech pattern, the way people dress. Their uniqueness.


A great and simple explanation of how social media has caused our divisions by making the opposition more visible.  Coastal elitist attitudes that were ignored by the working class are now insulting them on Facebook everyday.  Contempt is made visible. Insulting stereotypes are harder to ignore.

The left does not like what they see in the opposition, not do they accept the reflection of themselves.  They seek to explain by insulting and demonizing, which only drives bigger partisan wedges.