1. "Let's do something like focus on building up our society and helping people instead of teaching values in school; parents should be doing that, not teachers."
Because that's always happening with every single kid.
2. Nice work drumming up page views/potential callers...at least I'm hoping that's why you wrote this piece. If that's really how you think, than you're about 50 years behind the cultural curve.
Yey, Brother Speed! As handsome as ever! My favorite Cover boy on any magazine!
The best BBQ pig that one can purchase in the carolinas. Hate to hear of this fire but they will be back to full power shortly. It's worth the ride just to pull up and take in the aromas of pork cooking and wood burning.
I am agree, All joints should be closed man. Have some class. Eat at home or with friends. All businesses closed out of respect.
The point of the article was very simple. Schools are for learning. Not social programs. Our schools are failing. Let's do something like focus on building up our society and helping people instead of teaching values in school; parents should be doing that, not teachers. Any one wishing to comment, argue or call names, can call the show Monday at 721-1340 and debate their point.
Are you going to pay these people who need this highly profitable day's work?
hi,Nofaith,i think you have to figure something out on this,too.such as this Defeng Heart Shape Dog Clothes from upetmart.com would be used by more longer,that i can save some money,so i can add more money to my new plan for getting a car.
How classless can you get as an owner? All joints should be closed on turkeyday for their employees...
Damn, Speed looks same as he did back in the Dizzy Lizzy days.
Wonder if he still has his mothers dentures glued to his bike?
Even if I agreed with your column's initial idea of having to approve of an entire organization's activities to admit to their having something worthwhile to say, your column is guilty of building a broad case on a truly flimsy base. It simply collapses under its own weight. If you limited your focus to something specific and researched a bit more beyond a few clicks of a mouse, it would certainly improve your writing and might even allow you to think more rationally. …Or would you rather stir the pot and just make people mad at each other?
Yep, republicans are gonna have to renounce or reeducate their less reconstructed racists like Hunter if they want to compete in the 21st century. I'm sure that's a cause of great mourning and comparisons to Maoism for you.
Southern and Confederate are far from synonymous. Make a stand to defend the South and our endangered culture- Make a stand against Neo-Confederacy.
Anywhere you look, Southern culture is under siege.
Large areas once occupied by our peoples are now occupied by others. This has lead to massive urban sprawl- and along with it, the destruction of farmland and increased usage of natural resources.
Our native languages and dialects are seldom spoken on the airwaves. In some places, youths are pressured to conform to the standards of "mass media English". They are told that retaining their native dialect will prevent them from attaining success in their future.
Many of our once thriving and competitive industries (some built around pieces of Southern iconography) have collapsed under the pressure of cheap imports from foreign countries.
These are just a few of the many challenges we face.
These are not inevitabilities. We do not have to simply accept them.
And at the same time, there are those that wish to divide us from within.
Equally threatening to our cultural survival as outside threats from outside the South is the meteoric rise in Neo-Confederate sentiment.
Neo-Confederacy is the support of 19th Century Confederate and White Supremacist "Fire-Eater" ideology. Neo-Confederates are keen on re-establishing racial codes and denying the vote to non-Whites. Some admit they have a disdain for voting rights in general.
Neo-Confederates do not acknowledge that race does not determine ethnicity. They insist that only white Southerners can be considered Southerners.
This is a display of their preoccupation with race and complete disregard for actual cultural defense.
The Greater Southern ethnicity, (the ethnicity containing all of the Southern ethnicities- including Gullah, Cajun, Appalachian, Texas German, Muskogee, Louisiana Creole, Catawba, etc.) like many of the world's ethnicities, transcends race. There are many Black Southerners, there are many White Southerners, there are many American Indian Southerners, and there are many Southerners that are any mix of the three.
To give an outside example to compare us to - Do all Cubans belong to one race? Do all Brazilians belong to one race? No. Ethnicity and race aren't the same thing, and race does not determine ethnicity.
Neo-Confederate activists are not pro-Southern. They are not concerned about the displacement of Southerners. They seek to divide us Southerners. They do not care about being Southern, or protecting Southern culture. Their chief objective is the advancement of their racial superstitions.
"Southern" and Confederate" aren't even close to synonymous. Confederates were an overwhelmingly White faction of Southerners during the American Civil War. They were nowhere close to the representatives of us as a whole- In fact, they were a slim majority Southerners at the most.
Neo-Confederates will often protest that Black Southerners alone made up the Unionist faction of Southerners. This is simply isn't true. The White and American Indian population in much of the South opposed the Confederacy. Consider the White populations of Northern Virginia, Western Maryland, Central Texas, East Tennessee, much of present-day West Virginia, most of Kentucky, most of Delaware, most of Missouri, and many other places favored the Union. Consider that a measurable number of Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee, Seminole, Osage, Lumbee, and Pamunkey (regardless of their race- yes, there were and are American Indian/White Mixed individuals in all of these groups and Black individuals in most these groups- they are Southern ethnicities with pre-Columbian beginnings and are not defined by race) supported the Union. There were large factions of White, Black, and American Indian Unionist Southerners. This is fact. It is also important to note that four Southern states remained in the Union.
These Neo-Confederates bill themselves "Southern nationalists". I object to this. They seek to divide Southerners along racial lines. They neglect the fact that race does not determine ethnicity. They are not concerned about protecting Southern culture and the unity of the Southern people. They are not working on asserting Southern nationhood (our place as a constituent people/nation of this country), but rather forwarding a white supremacist ideology. They are not Southern nationalists.
"Nation" doesn't mean sovereign state or independent country. "Nation" is another word for ethnic group and the territories it occupies/occupied within recent memory. As an example, Puerto Rico is widely recognized as a nation within the United States. Its cultural independence is recognized, even if it is not an independent, sovereign country. The same is true with Scotland in the United Kingdom, and Flanders in Belgium. Being a Southern nationalist isn't about being a secessionist- that is a different issue entirely. Very few true Southern nationalists are secessionists.
Good Southern nationalists simply wish to be recognized as a constituent people of this country- just as the Welsh are in the United Kingdom, just as the Basque are in Spain, just as the Frisians are in the Netherlands, and so on, and so on.
Pride in the defense of one's culture does not excuse the poor treatment of other peoples. Appreciation of one's own culture should fuel appreciation for others. Every ethnic group has a right to exist. When you disparage another peoples, you imply their cultural independence is a problem - and leave your own ethnicity open to derision from those who argue that the displacement of cultures is not a tragedy.
A good Southern nationalist is not anti-Northern or an opponent of Northern culture. Northerners have as every right to exist as a people, as well. No culture has more right to exist than another- a good Southern nationalist does not dislike Northerners or assume cultural superiority. Displacing Northern culture is not any more excusable than displacing Southern culture. Anyone who loves and defends their own culture should respect all cultures and acknowledge their right to exist. One can be an ardent defender of one's culture and still have a great curiosity and admiration for the outside world.
Another absurdity of the Neo-Confederates is the bizarre symbolism of their flag. The Neo-Confederate flag (incorrectly labeled the "Southern nationalist" flag by them) is a black and white Cross of St. Andrew (a saltire, like the Confederate Battle Flag). The black on their flag is meant to symbolize "nationalism" (I have no idea how the color black is meant to symbolize nationalism), and the white on their flag is meant to symbolize what they believe to be the South's exclusively "European heritage". They completely deny that the South's culture is stands at the confluence of European, British Isles, West African (including some cultures on the Western Coast of Central Africa), and Pre-Columbian North American cultures. Our culture and identity comes from this convergence.
Grits are a Pre-Columbian dish of the South. Okra was introduced to the South by West Africans. The Southern taste for a "full breakfast", as opposed to the general Northern appetite for a "continental breakfast", certainly originates in the British Isles. Jambalaya has origins in Europe- specifically France and Spain, both colonizers of Louisiana. Southern baking techniques largely come from the British Isles and Europe. Corn, muscadines, and beans are pre-Columbian North American plants.
"Bayou" is a Pre-Columbian (specifically Choctaw) North American word. English, the language of most Southerners (in various Southern dialects and creoles), is from the British Isles. French, the language of many Louisianans, is European.
Blues, Soul, Country, and Jazz music all incorporate elements of British Isles and West African musical traditions. Jazz is strongly influenced by European music, as well.
I could go on and on.
Neo-Confederates are advocates for white supremacy, not Southern culture. That is that.
Do not let these fringe activists let them misrepresent themselves as the face of Southern pride and culture- let all of our faces, regardless of our color, stand together in defense of the cultures and land our ancestors and us have been a part of for so many centuries.
Every culture within the larger Southern ethnicity- Gullah, Cherokee, Cajun, Appalachian, West Texan, and many others alike-is challenged by the current trend.
We, like any other ethnic group, also have issues we must improve on. The South is generally impoverished when compared to the rest of the country. We have generally lower standards of animal welfare. Our educational systems generally aren't on par with those in the rest of the country.
In our efforts to defend our culture, we must also turn attention to these issues and improve these conditions. The issues of animal welfare and education can be addressed primarily by action on the state and local level. Unemployment issues and poverty resulting from trade policies, though, must be alleviated through federal legislation.
Back to dealing with threats posed to our culture from outside the South.
I'll start by addressing the food issue.
Our cuisine is derided as "death food" by critics, who ignore that many staples of Southern fare can be very healthy and nutritious with very minor modifications.
Look at greens (collard, turnip, mustard, and kale, among others), a common ingredient in most of the South. When eaten alone, greens are an extremely healthful food. The primary issue with greens is that they are regularly eaten with large amounts of fatty seasoning, specifically ham hocks or hog jowls.
The solution? Don't eat a whole ham hock in one sitting! That, or you can choose a lower fat seasoning ingredient, such as a smoked turkey neck or leg, to go with the greens. You can also forego meat seasoning entirely. I alternate between all three.
The same goes with beans (pinto, lima, butter-yes, we do make a distinction between small and large lima beans in the South, and green, among others) and peas (black-eyed, crowder, and cream, among others).
These critics do have a point on the issue of deep-frying. True, deep-fried food can be very harmful to one's health, but like most things, it is safe if consumed in moderation. If someone eats fried chicken (or any other fried dish) once a week and keeps healthy habits at other meals, they're not going to expose themselves to major health risks.
Now to address the economic threats to Southern culture.
Over the last few decades, many policy makers in Washington have tried to sell to us the belief that free trade policies would bolster the Southern economy and lead to the development of more manufacturing facilities by "opening up" untapped markets to our exports.
Their claims could not be further from the truth.
Free trade agreements and business hiring patterns have injured Southern cultures as much as anything else.
Consider the state of the South's catfish farming industry. Twenty years ago, catfish farms were heralded as a great, ecologically-responsible success in our economic development- particularly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. We made a piece of Southern iconography the product of a respected industry.
Twenty years later, lax trade policies with Southeast Asian countries have caused the industry to lose any competitive edge it once had. To give perspective- in 2003, 3% of the catfish consumed in the United States came from foreign sources. By 2009, that figure had risen to 57% percent. The collapse of this industry has left thousands of Southerners unemployed and exposed the seafood-buying public to stocks of foreign fish that regularly test positive for carcinogens and other toxic substances.
Consider the state of the South's textile industry. As recent as a few decades ago, textile mills were a common site across the piedmont regions of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Lax trade policies have lead to the near-complete collapse of this industry, depriving thousands more of their livelihoods.
It is completely undeniable that low-duty and free trade policies have adversely affected these and countless other industries in the South. Economic protectionism is completely within our interests.
It is also worth noting that companies relocating their production facilities to the South often choose to hire workers from their old production facilities, rather than native Southern labor. This trend has played a significant role in our displacement and unemployment rates.
A people encumbered by increased financial burdens cannot make as strong of a stand for their culture as they would in a time of non-scarcity. It is also worth considering that these lost industries were cultural icons by themselves.
Take the time to consider the environmental consequences of our displacement.
The populations of the both the Dallas-Forth Worth and Houston metropolitan areas in Texas and the Atlanta metropolitan area in Georgia have grown by well over one million in the last two decades, largely because of massive Northern migration and foreign immigration into the areas. As a result, some parts of these metropolitan areas are not recognizably Southern at this point. The same could be said for the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia- As well as in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, the Middle Tennessee metropolitan area, the Austin, Texas metropolitan area, the Charleston, South Carolina metropolitan area, and many other places on a smaller scale. This has naturally lead to urban sprawl.
Urban sprawl leads to suburbanism, which leads to an increase in the usage of water through landscaping. This increased usage of water further depletes the stores of our already overtaxed aquifers and reservoirs. Look at the water crises in Atlanta in recent years. Lake Sidney Lanier and Lake Allatoona alone cannot support the millions of migrants pouring in to Atlanta's suburbs from the North and foreign countries. Look at the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer in West Texas and Oklahoma. The depletion of the aquifer's water could spell complete doom for the region's thriving agricultural industry. Rapidly growing immigrant populations in this area compete with the agricultural industry for these dwindling resources. The long commuting distances resulting from suburbanism also lead to an increase in fossil fuel consumption.
Want to keep us dependent on foreign oil? Want to take part in depleting our water resources to the point we have to strictly ration water in our cities and can't keep our farms running? Support urban sprawl and continued reckless population growth.
Our state, county (parish in Louisiana), and municipal governments have also played a hand in bringing about the current situation.
Look at the property tax situation on the Sea Islands of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida as an example. In some of these areas, property taxes have gone up by over 500% in time frames as short as one year- forcing low income, land-wealthy residents off the land their ancestors have occupied for centuries. It is hard not to see these as a deliberate effort to displace the native, predominately Gullah inhabitants of these islands with the wealthy Northern migrants purported to “stimulate the economy" and "enrich the state". The supporters of these property tax hikes do not consider the feelings of these islands' native inhabitants and the fact they are playing a role in displacing one of the South's great cultures.
It is robbery and cultural destruction masked with cheap lipstick.
Urban sprawl leads to increased public infrastructure spending. Look at the extension of I-526 in the Charleston, South Carolina area. The proposed extension of I-526 would not only displace residents currently living in its way on the Sea Islands, encourage further urban sprawl and displacement by offering suburban residents a (marginally) faster way of reaching other places in the metropolitan area, potentially cause a whole host of ecological issues, and increase property tax rates for native residents in its corridor- it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to construct. That's money that could be used to improve South Carolina's educational system, law enforcement system, environmental programs, cultural programs, or one amongst many other things.
Urban sprawl also hurts the agricultural industry. As suburban communities grow around farms, property taxes go up for farmers. It is hard for some of the small farms affected by urban sprawl to remain economically viable.
In many of our cities, there are campaigns to attract wealthy non-natives and develop high-income housing under the guise of '"protecting architectural traditions" and "urban renewal". Preference is given for the development of expensive traditional architectural designs marketed towards wealthy transplants over high-density housing that lower-income natives can afford. "Urban renewal" is simply a euphemism for "displacing low-income natives with moneyed outsiders". Nothing is being renewed or revitalized- only replaced by something else from the outside.
What good are the architectural preservation programs when they play a hand in our displacement? Are we preserving the essence of our cities by encouraging the destruction of low-cost housing and inviting the development of expensive houses designed to attract wealthy non-natives? The protection of our historical buildings and architectural styles is very important, but it means nothing when it is being used to displace us.
Others try to excuse our cultural displacement by suggesting we communicate in "sub-standard" speech. They suggest that Cajun is a "crude" variety of the French language. They call Gullah "very poor English". They refer to the Inland dialect heard in many mountainous regions, as well as much of the Upper South and Texas as a "trashy twang". They call the dialect of the Virginia Piedmont something of "antiquated gentility". They call Baltimorerese "foul-sounding". They suggest that we make no effort to save Texas German and Chickasaw because they have so few speakers. This is nothing other than unabashed cultural elitism on their part. I, for one, would not stand for similar criticism of their speech any day of the week.
There is one thing to be exceptionally proud of. Southern arts have largely survived in the face of cultural displacement. Southern youths of today still listen to Otis Redding, Hank Williams Sr., Albert King, Ernest Tubb, The Allman Brothers Band, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, The Marshall Tucker Band, and many other great Southern artists of the last century. Southerners continue to create music of their own in the vein of these great artists. Southern fiction writing is still thriving through literary magazines like The Oxford American. We still have a good number of Southern visual artists producing work.
We just need to pick up our efforts on other issues.
The world seems to think it's a tragedy when cultural displacement happens in Scotland, Québec, Catalonia- or one of any other number of places. When it happens in the South, many seem to be indifferent about it.
Now is the time to restore dignity to the name of the Southern people and see that we are not swept in to the ashcan of history.
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Better yet, don't get a blood transfusion from someone with aids.
And if you do drop your pants, don't bend over.
Wait, he hasn't renounced his former associates. Thus, he cannot be welcomed as a truly rehabilitated comrade yet.
Hunter, you know what to do. Get with the program!
I'm sure "the truth about Thanksgiving" was fascinating...in 1986 when you were in middle school, Mat. We get it, the world and its history is complicated and there are few pure good guys and bad guys.
European settlers conquered earlier settlers from Asia and displaced them, later forming the United States of America. Lots of not nice things happened in the process.
The SPLC is a hate group, just of a different stripe (and keeping in mind that the term "hate group" has been so watered down as to be nearly meaningless anyway).
"Atheists want no voluntary prayer and an aggressive eradication of all things religious to the point where it interferes with any religious practice.."
No, no they don't. I have never heard an atheist say they want a ban on students praying before they eat or that stupid "see you at the pole" thing evangelicals do every year. They don't want schools or school officials to be leading religious activities at school or school activities. Why is that distinction so hard to comprehend?
Yet our country - barely more than 200 years old - dares to impose its beliefs and values on a part of the world that has been around for millennia.
So your equating age with ?
Poorly defined thesis
Poor use of evidence
Pls see me
I am one of the Certified Nurse Midwife at CBP. Many Thanks to the Charleston City Paper for the excellent coverage of this issue. You were the 1st to report this story and the most accurate.
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