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Mountaineer Pride

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If the fall-out from the offensive shirt ‘Two Wongs Can Make it White’ wasn’t enough of a wake-up call to Abercrombie & Fitch, they have pushed the envelope once again—this time, offending an entire state. Let us remember that A&F was once a store as nice as J. Crew and Banana Republic (before they also became Trixie & Chad clothiers). [I’ll admit, before anyone who knows me posts, that I DO wear abercrombie (that’s the kids’ line) shirts with numbers on them…]

Now I am not a native West Virginian, but my mom grew up in a coal mining town in southern West Virginia, so I have heard jokes my whole life about West Virginians (and, let me say, they get old)…and I’ve visited there more times than I can count. So why must A&F perpetuate this opinion? West Virginia is a beautiful state, easily my favorite to drive down (much better than the drive down Illinois last week to St. Louis!) I say, let’s give West Virginia a break. Take a second to reflect on some famous West Virginians: George Brett, Pearl S. Buck, Don Knotts, Peter Marshall, Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Mary Lou Retton and Chuck Yeager.

Country roads, take me home
To the place, I belong
West Virginia, Mountain Momma
Take me home, country roads

—John Denver

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