Passive, poor and white? What people keep getting wrong about Appalachia

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To satisfy an elitist, narrative fetish about ‘Trump Country’, photographers from outside have long ignored my region’s diversity

During the 2016 presidential election, the national press branded Appalachia ground zero for America’s “forgotten tribe” of white working-class voters.

In the process, we Appalachians became a symbol of political self-harm.

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