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Dr. Strangegod's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by Dr. Strangegod

Historically, Oklahoma has been the least valuable and thus least desirable chunk of land in the continental US. It was the third to last of the lower 48 to become a state at all, and was mostly used as a dumping ground for Native Americans that were living on more useful land farther east (my Cherokee forefathers among them). My great-grandfather was born on the res, and it was a shithole then. My grandmother was born off the res but in Oklahoma, and it was still a shithole. So much of a shithole, in fact, that John Steinbeck wrote a book about a poor Okie family trying to get the hell away from it. Unfortunately, Oklahoma is still a shithole to this day, and if "backwater" means anything in the US, it means Oklahoma.

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 12:42:00 UTC | #337707