How Far is that From Richmond?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Notice anything wrong with this picture:

I sincerely hope so, but if you're not from West Virginia, then you probably don't. Let's look closer:

What the crap is this?  Where is the top portion of West Virginia? This alleged "map" of the United States has rendered the counties of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and part of Marshall totally off the map. (Thank you fourth grade West Virginia History class for the ability to name those counties.) In case you have no clue what I'm talking about, allow me to show you an accurate portrayal of the great state of West Virginia:

See that lovely -- and very, very real -- northern panhandle? Sadly, this is not the first "map" of the "United States" I've seen that freely gives West Virginia's northernmost counties to Pennsylvania and/or Ohio. 

Sadly, this is not the only problem West Virginia (the BEST Virginia) encounters when dealing with an uneducated citizenry. You cannot even imagine the amount of times I've visited another state and told someone I'm from Huntington, West Virginia, only to hear the following responses:

Ooohh western Virginia! (Nope.)
How is far is that from Richmond? (Beats me...?)
I know someone that goes to Virginia Tech! (Um, great?)

It's not just "regular" people either -- newscasters, sportscasters and a lot of people who should know better think West Virginia is not her own state. To which I always wonder, are these people not aware that that the Civil War occurred? Also, if they know that the US has 50 states, what do they think those 50 are if West Virginia is not one? 

I know West Virginia has a large uphill battle to fight on this issue, which we have been fighting for years. But for the love of Stonewall Jackson, is it too much to ask that map makers kindly let us keep our northern four?

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