Once a slight, Okie now is source of pride for many

April 13, 2015 6:00 AM

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It started as a derogatory term for the thousands of impoverished Oklahomans who left the state for Arizona and California in the 1930s, seeking a better life.

As a relative newcomer to Oklahoma, I wondered: If Okie is a slight, why is the word turning up on bumper stickers and T-shirts all over town?

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