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Appalachia’s Hidden Crisis: The Plight of Black West Virginians and Prison Food

Despite Black West Virginians making up just 3.7% of the state’s total populace, they are overrepresented in its prisons, accounting for 12.1% of the incarcerated.

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Centering Black stories and life in all their manifestations

Black By God is a community-led news organization that aims to provide a more nuanced portrayal of the Black Experience in West Virginia and Appalachia. Our name is a riff on the colloquial phrase West ‘by God’ Virginia that claims a unique place in central Appalachia.

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