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Tri-Cities Social Apartheid

Bristol VA

Social Apartheid in Tri-Cities Bristol Virginia-Tennessee Revisited

by Lewis Loflin

Welcome to Tri-Cities and Bristol VA/TN. We are part of Southern Appalachia, a region more like a third-world banana republic. Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee is a divided city (by the VA/TN state line) symbolic of the division in our region as our many bickering local governments waste more tax dollars with the least results of anywhere in America. They maintain a system I describe as social apartheid; University of New Hampshire’s Cynthia M. Duncan calls it Worlds Apart in her book on “Why Poverty Persists in Rural America.”

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