This just in from the U.K. Mirror:
Insulting people because they come from Cornwall is not racist, said human rights officials yesterday.Those of us who call West Virginia home can sympathize with the people of Cornwall. Back in 2004, Abercrombie and Fitch marketed tee-shirts emblazoned with the slogans:
The Equality and Human Rights Commission ruled that mocking the county's folk with names such as "inbred" is not illegal under race laws.
The Kernow branch of the Celtic League asked it to condemn such behaviour in the media and internet.
But Qaiser Razzak of the EHRC said it would be "powerless" to prosecute as the Cornish are not established as a "racial group" under the Race Relations Act.
"Its all relative in West Virginia"
"West Virginia: No Lifeguard at the Gene Pool."In 2008, even Vice President Cheney reinforced the stereotype:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Vice President Dick Cheney Monday made a familiar joke about people who live in West Virginia while speaking to the National Press Club in Washington D.C.But the part about incest must be true because Slate says that it is.
Cheney was explaining how he is a distant cousin to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
"We'd always known about the Cheney family line on my father's side of the family, back to Massachusetts in the 1630s. My grandmother was named Tyler but it turned out she was descended from a Richard Cheney, same last name, who landed in Maryland in the 1650s," Vice President Cheney said. "So I had Cheneys on both sides of the family -- and we don't even live in West Virginia. You can say those things when you're not running for re-election."
Those in attendance at the National Press Club and Mr. Cheney laughed at the joke.