Beyond the pale

Beyond the pale

There are 38 comments on the Kentucky.com story from Aug 13, 2007, titled Beyond the pale. In it, Kentucky.com reports that:

“I've found Magoffin County people to be some of the most open people I've ever dealt with”

This is the kind of relaxed small town where it's not unusual to see three 11-year-old boys out on their own on a Saturday afternoon, heading to the Kozy Korner restaurant to satisfy the kind of hunger that builds up during football practice in the August heat.

What was unusual about the trio of Andrew Arnett, Aaron Taulbee and Nick Anderson is that Nick is black.

In Magoffin County and Salyersville, the county seat, that is rare indeed.

The Eastern Kentucky county got a little national attention last week when the Census Bureau singled it out as one of the two whitest places in the country. Read more

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linda

Salyersville, KY

#1 Aug 24, 2007
ha ha talkabout it
Elouise Bailey

Paintsville, KY

#2 Dec 23, 2007
I am the daughter-in-law of Hershell Dick Bailey. I feel that without the help of the good people of Magoffin County, whether they be black, white, green or any other color they came out and helped my family without asking any questions. No we may not be from a large city and have building touching the sky, and yes poverty maybe all around us, but we have a sense of pride and willingness to help our neighbors. The day that you witnessed the good people of Magoffin helping out my family, you witnessed a rich, and thriving community giving to someone in need. I feel that to many times we are judged for what we don't have, not for what we have, and that is a heart that is full of hope and love for our fellow human beings, so if you want to judge us for that then feel free to, but just remember that someday you to maybe in need and maybe passing through Magoffin County. I agree that we do not have a large population of african americans, but we are a open and loving comunity that will embrace any and all of God's children.
klan man

Louisa, KY

#3 Dec 30, 2007
yea, this is the whitest place in america. thats why i live here. id like to keep it that way. colored folks will only bring more drugs and violence than we already have. lets preserve our community and our children, and keep our community as it is. the whitest place in america. our four fathers would be rolling in their graves if they could see how our country has turned out. i love this town, and my neighbors. god bless.
Tapka

United States

#4 Dec 31, 2007
Hey klan-man, you better move over, because us black folk are buying up you worthless property in eastern kentucky and turning in to a meth labs, you country bumpkins will get it for free for awhile, since you have no teeth, it might make you look better. we are moving in white boy and there is nothing you can do about it, o, do you under-educated backer chewing boys understand, we will have a new hood in your town soon, and your women too, they like our black thang.
Confused

Farmington, MI

#5 Jan 1, 2008
Poor people, give to & help each other from the heart, without reservation.....their riches is far more valuable than $100 bills stacked to the moon.
Confused

Farmington, MI

#6 Jan 1, 2008
klan man wrote:
yea, this is the whitest place in america. thats why i live here. id like to keep it that way. colored folks will only bring more drugs and violence than we already have. lets preserve our community and our children, and keep our community as it is. the whitest place in america. our four fathers would be rolling in their graves if they could see how our country has turned out. i love this town, and my neighbors. god bless.
uhm....how does one who associates themselves with the klan love their town & neighbors? Simplified hate & love cannot reside in the same heart......
Confused

Farmington, MI

#7 Jan 1, 2008
Tapka wrote:
Hey klan-man, you better move over, because us black folk are buying up you worthless property in eastern kentucky and turning in to a meth labs, you country bumpkins will get it for free for awhile, since you have no teeth, it might make you look better. we are moving in white boy and there is nothing you can do about it, o, do you under-educated backer chewing boys understand, we will have a new hood in your town soon, and your women too, they like our black thang.
Perhaps you would benefit from a little education yourself, no? your sense of humor is as degrading to you as klan man's lack of humanity is to him.

“Caramel LADY Female US Soldier”

Since: Nov 07

Saint Louis

#8 Jan 1, 2008
klan man wrote:
yea, this is the whitest place in america. thats why i live here. id like to keep it that way. colored folks will only bring more drugs and violence than we already have. lets preserve our community and our children, and keep our community as it is. the whitest place in america. our four fathers would be rolling in their graves if they could see how our country has turned out. i love this town, and my neighbors. god bless.
I think you mean "fore" fathers. LOL To bad a lil ol colored girl had to correct you from those backwoods of Kentucky!!!
klan man

Louisa, KY

#9 Jan 1, 2008
first of all, u people assumed because of the screen name im affiliated with the kkk. your wrong. i am in no way part of, or affiliated with that organization. nor, do i agree with them. and as of education. i have 4 degrees, a master in aeronautical engineering, phd in business, bachelor in accounting, and a bachelor in mergers and acquisitions. you say i need a education, tell me what u got. im not a racist nor do i have anything wrong with black people. i love my town and i love the people in it. this is exactly the reason i like, and want to keep it this way. you colored folks are the biggest racists there are. we cant help what happened 100 years ago. GET OVER IT!! seems nothing we do for u damn people will shut u up. u have all black colleges, you even have your own tv channel. what would you guys say if we tried to have an all white college or even white entertainment television. all hell would break loose. you people need to get a life and get a job. and the person talkin about the meth labs, get a life. we have more of those than we need. come on down and start you a meth lab. we'll throw you in prison with the rest of your dope head buddies. right where u belong.
subversion

Evansville, IN

#10 Jan 1, 2008
Klan is not a racsist but yet again he is. You have 4 degrees, if that is true then you are a good little parrot and know how to mimic your elders, which probably explains your racism.

“Das raht!”

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#12 Jan 1, 2008
*boot!

See ya!
klan man

Louisa, KY

#13 Jan 1, 2008
Eddy Smegma wrote:
The two whitest places in America?
I'm on my way!!!
come on down eddy. welcome to paradise!!!!!!!!
klan man

Louisa, KY

#14 Jan 1, 2008
subversion wrote:
Klan is not a racsist but yet again he is. You have 4 degrees, if that is true then you are a good little parrot and know how to mimic your elders, which probably explains your racism.
first of all subversion, im proud of my education, and what ive accomplished at such a very young age. im not a racist nor is any of my elders. what can i say? im an over achiever.
klan man

Louisa, KY

#16 Jan 1, 2008
Eddy Smegma wrote:
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Sounds like Heaven!!!
a little piece of heaven here on earth. we'd love to have ya!
klan man

Louisa, KY

#17 Jan 1, 2008
and we work hard to keep it that way!

“Caramel LADY Female US Soldier”

Since: Nov 07

Saint Louis

#18 Jan 1, 2008
klan man wrote:
first of all, u people assumed because of the screen name im affiliated with the kkk. your wrong. i am in no way part of, or affiliated with that organization. nor, do i agree with them. and as of education. i have 4 degrees, a master in aeronautical engineering, phd in business, bachelor in accounting, and a bachelor in mergers and acquisitions. you say i need a education, tell me what u got. im not a racist nor do i have anything wrong with black people. i love my town and i love the people in it. this is exactly the reason i like, and want to keep it this way. you colored folks are the biggest racists there are. we cant help what happened 100 years ago. GET OVER IT!! seems nothing we do for u damn people will shut u up. u have all black colleges, you even have your own tv channel. what would you guys say if we tried to have an all white college or even white entertainment television. all hell would break loose. you people need to get a life and get a job. and the person talkin about the meth labs, get a life. we have more of those than we need. come on down and start you a meth lab. we'll throw you in prison with the rest of your dope head buddies. right where u belong.
Yea whatever. Anyway I dont blacke the white people of today for slavery. I dont like BET because its only negative and does the AA community no good. I am not "Blaming" white people for anything in my life. So you should stop with the stereotypes. If you really think most black people are sitting around thinking of ways to blame white for everything then you may need to get out of your town. Not just looking at what you see on tv. The people who blame white are a small minority just like back in the day when the KKK was blaming blacks for getting thejobs they were used to working. You need to get out more. Really
klan man

Louisa, KY

#19 Jan 1, 2008
caramle lady wrote:
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Yea whatever. Anyway I dont blacke the white people of today for slavery. I dont like BET because its only negative and does the AA community no good. I am not "Blaming" white people for anything in my life. So you should stop with the stereotypes. If you really think most black people are sitting around thinking of ways to blame white for everything then you may need to get out of your town. Not just looking at what you see on tv. The people who blame white are a small minority just like back in the day when the KKK was blaming blacks for getting thejobs they were used to working. You need to get out more. Really
just so u know. im very well traveled and i di get out of this town quite often. and ur right, BET sucks.
klan man

Louisa, KY

#20 Jan 1, 2008
AA? are u an alcoholic?

“Caramel LADY Female US Soldier”

Since: Nov 07

Saint Louis

#21 Jan 2, 2008
klan man wrote:
AA? are u an alcoholic?
Where did you get your education from?? AA stands for African American

“Caramel LADY Female US Soldier”

Since: Nov 07

Saint Louis

#22 Jan 2, 2008
klan man wrote:
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just so u know. im very well traveled and i di get out of this town quite often. and ur right, BET sucks.
Ok why do you hate BET? I hate it because it no longer shows anything of value to the AA community. Why do you hate it? I also hate the CMT channel.(Country Music Channel in case you do not know) Do you hate that channel as well?

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