Occasionally someone does something that is exceptional and exemplifies real courage and integrity. That is what I witnessed when the Affrilachian Poets refused to accept Gov. Matt Bevin’s Award in the Arts.
The group’s statement about refusing the award reflected what so many of us have felt since Bevin took office and began attacking, disenfranchising and degrading so many of the weakest groups in Kentucky.
I applaud the group’s self-sacrifice and standing up for the Kentuckians who are being hurt by the governor.
The Affrilachian Poets deserve an award for their courage and conviction, and the thanks of like-minded Kentuckians for speaking for us as well.