I’m Appalachian–it’s an invisible ethnicity

Avery-County-Vance-search-008Catherine Vance Agrella,
Asheville, NC.

I’m white, and by definition am associated with some of the worst perpetrators of racism. But I also come from deep Appalachian Scots-Irish roots and have a clear ethnic identity. I do know what it feels like to be mocked for my speech, or thought of as a dumb hillbilly, even though I have two MA degrees…


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