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Is Western Pennsylvania Racist?

October 26, 2008

Just sitting here on a beautiful October day in Western Pennsylvania, I was just thinking about all the signs I have seen for McCain / Palin. What is shocking, most of the yards are people I know are registered democrats, and have always voted party line for ever. Then on the other hand, this is farm country and these people don’t forget. They remember what Bill Clinton did to them by signing the NAFTA bill. Then some of the farmers worked in the steel mills that also were affected. Also those farmers are hunters that cling to their guns, and also church goers that cling to their bibles.

Other signs I have seen are “DEMOCRATS FOR MCCAIN”, and the one I get the biggest chuckle out of is, Palin / McCain. Yes those are actual signs. I was trying to keep track of who had the most signs and I would say in Washington County it would be McCain, by a little bit.

The old adage that go something like this, “Democrats seem too always find a way to shoot themselves in the foot.” Hell, it is no wonder, when you have people like, Democrats Rep. Joe Murtha and Governor Ed Rendell calling their own constituents, “Racist”.


Democratic Rep. John Murtha said Monday some of his constituents in western Pennsylvania are “rednecks” and the entire region just five to 10 years ago was “really redneck.”
The comments come one week after he called his own constituents “racist” in an interview with his local newspaper.
“What I said, that indicted everybody, that’s not what I meant at all. What I mean is there’s still folks that have a problem voting for someone because they are black,” Murtha said.
Murtha said the history of southwestern Pennsylvania is teeming with racism. “This whole area, years ago, was really redneck,” he told WTAE-TV Pittsburgh.


Rendell said this spring some white Pennsylvanians may not be ready to vote for a black presidential candidate.
U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-12th District, recently called western Pennsylvania a racist area.
“Are some people gonna vote on race? Sure,” Rendell said.
Rendell referenced a New York Daily News report that one of Republican John McCain’s aides said his campaign will lose if he talks about the nation’s economic problems.

It is almost a given, Obama will take the White House, but with bone head remarks like these they might piss some people off. There is another thing, if too many voters get complacent and stay home, well things could get close real quick. If any slip allows the race to get tight, well there are many things that could happen, remember “2000” and “2004”?


5 Comments leave one →
  1. well permalink
    July 14, 2011 7:55 pm

    Joe , your statement that you wrote ,,, just prove how Western PA are dumb and racist. you are talking about history about treathen racism of all etchinicity but it sounds just protecting your stupid town , man , this Western pa is pretty much dumb .. football , party ( which is also funny , not really exciting party,, just same redneck kids always show up and having sex and that ended up breaking relationship and get pregnant… you said ask to african- British? He is gonna laugh until his ass off. because he thinks you are stupid redneck dumbass american lol


  2. John permalink
    April 18, 2010 5:46 am

    Wow, Joe…you’re very disturbed individual. It sounds to me like you’re very racist. And trying to satisfy your conscious by describing your rascism in a complex rant of a post. Check yourself! lol


  3. Joe permalink
    April 16, 2010 3:05 am

    You two are ridiculous. I too am from western Pennsylvania, and you Panko do not get weird stares because your an Oreo…you get weird stares because you’re looking for them. I also assume you just got offended from my use of the word Oreo. Get over it, it’s not a racist comment. I take no offense if someone calls me a leprechaun, or a kraut, or a cracker for that matter. You need to focus on the intent of someone, not the words they use or the look you might imagine they give you. Nor is it a racist comment to say that Caucasians are genetically more intelligent than those of African decent. ITs a fact. Nor do I, as a Caucasian, take any offense to the fact that those of Asian heritage are genetically intellectually Superior to Caucasians. Check it out, Racisim is not a word or use of a word……Racism is not someone looking at you…Racism is having hate or contempt for someone because of their Race. We throw the word around too loosely. We replace the word Predjudice with Racism…when in fact they are two completely different concepts. And if you’re prejudiced because of the color of your skin, well too bad. The black culture in our country asks for it. Because people suffer from prejudice for many many uncontrollable reasons. Such as being bald, or old, or young, or tall, or short…etc…etc…and it’s often less deserved than the prejudice someone of color might experience due to the immoral and lazy traits of modern & popular culture of blacks in this country. Again, this is fact, not hatefull racists opinion. I love all peoples regardless of their race. And I personally make no prejudicial judgements. I realize all are individuals..when I speak in general or stereotypical terms…it’s because they have applications and are very real thigns. And another statement you’re going to consider racists….ready? Here goes…..The modern culture of urban peoples of African ancestral heritage asks for dirty looks….asks for fewer job opportunities…and asks for many more negative responses. Many blacks want to think they’re special because they suffered from persecution in the past….well let me tell you a secret…ALL RACES AND CULTURES HAVE SUFFERED FROM PERSECUTION THROUGH HISTORY AND IN THIS COUNTRY. The difference is that they worked hard to overcome the persecution and oppression and take their decedents to a higher social plane. Instead of whining about their situation they worked hard within their communities to do something about it. I think it’s wonderful that blacks have made the progress that they have in this country without using violence and/or terroristic tactics. But somewhere they have lost sight of the hard work and wisdom that those such as Martin Luther King utilized in the struggle. And somewhere their culture turned very very negative….it promotes individualism, hate, anger, crime, etc. Just look at most forms of black media and the message that it portrays. Amen to blacks that have not succumb to the negative aspects of many blacks culture in todays world. It’s great….and if you think I’m being racist…or ignorant…just ask a black person from the U.K. to read this and trust me…he/she will agree and understand the points that I’m making. Now…i imagine at this point you are formulating many argumentative statements to counter what i’ve said…instead of using an open mind and intellect to see the truth and wisdom in what I say…this is all in part supposed to stir your emotions a bit…and hopefully instead of letting those emotions blind you, you’ll let them enlighten you and see that there is ignorance in yourself as much as in those of the state of pennsylvania. There is ignorance prevalant in peoples of all races and cultures. Blacks/whites…people are idiots. Again…this would be a stereotypical remark…usefull, because most people are idiots. Not all…just most. ANd most are ignorant. And incapable of independent, intellectual and open minded thought. Now…i’m tired and drunk and have done a horrible job of formating and portraying any intelligent concepts myself. I’ve mostly just mindlessly ranted, but that’s ok. I think that there were a few valid ideas portrayed in this writing. Hey. Love ya. Good luck. And get over the “stares” you get for being half/half….I promise you that all sorts of peoples get all sorts of stares from all sorts of other peoples for all sorts of reasons and you’re not special. Whites get stares from blacks, blacks from whites. Ugly people from attractive people, rich people by poor peoples, etc.etc.etc.etc. Just because you get a “stare” from some redneck does not mean that they are racists. GROW UP! Oh, and you HIspanic person…get over it, you probably have an accent and if there arn’t alot of hispanics where your from then it’s absolutely normal for them to think your from some other country, it doesn’t mean they’re racist. And it wasn’t your ancestors that built this country, so live with it. SUch cry babies you two. My God! Feel blessed that you two have it as good as you do in such a good country. Yes, there’s alot to complain about and much to be improved. But I’m sure you’re happier here than if you were in Mexico or Africa. WoW!


  4. Panko permalink
    April 1, 2010 7:02 pm

    I’ve got to agree with Linda. I’ve had the misfortune of ending up in Western Pennsylvania. I’m mixed, and even though I’m half white, I still get stares anywhere I go. Worst yet, everyone defends this state by pointing out it has Philly and Pittsburgh, there’s a lot more to it than those two cities. Horrible, ignorant people! Turn back if you’re not white or black. I believe black people are the only other ethnicity they accept around here, perhaps because they’re “Used” to them.


  5. amber permalink
    March 31, 2009 1:40 am

    I have to agree with Murtha. I am a registered Republican. However being of hispanic heritage, I or my children are asked more than once a week, what country we are from. They are kept out of social groups at school and I have had a hard time making ANY friends since I moved here 2 years ago. I am an easy going friendly person, but people seem to stereotype or judge you when you are not white. When I first moved here, I gave Western PA the benefit of the doubt, but now I am just fed up with some of the most rudest people I have ever encountered.



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