I’m catching Hell, and so is Jackson County, Ky


“I am an invisible man…I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” -Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)

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President Obama showed the world that Black Americans aren’t invisible. They should be seen and heard. We provide valuable insight that often runs counter to the mainstream view. Many times this insight is greeted with hostility. President Obama addressed the frustration of Black Americans with these words on race at the Constitution Center on National Constitution Center, March 18, 20081 .

“In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination – and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past – are real and must be addressed.” These words by President Barack Obama are insightful and accurate.

The world changed in November 2016 when Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States. This especially true for African-Americans.

Americans are constantly told by President Donald Trump that African-Americans and Hispanics in the United States are “living in hell” because inner cities are so dangerous2 . Are Black and Hispanic Americans the only Americans living a tragedy?

Poverty is found in many parts of the United States. Jay Harold will highlight some non-urban areas with a low Black American population that may meet Donald S. Trump’s definition of “living in hell.” Jay Harold previously has highlighted McCreary CountyMcDowell County, WVOwsley County, KyBrooks County, TX, and Hancock County, TN.  Jay Harold will spotlight another county in the state of Kentucky. 

Jackson County3 , Kentucky is in the Eastern Coal Field region of Kentucky. The elevation in the county ranges from 650 to 1633 feet above sea level. It was formed in 1858 from Clay, Estill, Laurel, Madison, Owsley, and Rockcastle counties. The county seat is McKee.  Jackson County was named after President Andrew Jackson. The video below talks about some of Jackson County ‘s attractions.

The Jackson County Tourist website4 states that Jackson County, Kentucky is a place of superb natural beauty. One fourth of Jackson County is Daniel Boone National Forest (56,000 acres), making it representative of Eastern Kentucky’s unique Appalachian topography, wildlife, and heritage. 

Jackson County is home to some of the state’s most beautiful and accessible attractions and recreation spots such as Flat Lick Falls, S-Tree Campground, Turkey Foot Campground, and the centermost trailhead (located in the county seat, McKee) of that around 40 Black Americans lived among 13,368 people in County. That’s 0.3% of the total population. The table below from the U.S. Census shows the demographics of the county.

Jackson County Demographics6

Population estimates  2016

Race and Hispanic Origin

White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent,
Black or African American alone, percent
The median household income in Jackson County was $ 29,826 (2015 dollars) according to Quick facts from the U.S. Census. Here’s some more data below is from the U.S. Census.

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