A thought on statues, symbology and such things:
This isn’t just about racism, bigotry or history.
This is about controlling what you feel and believe, it is designed to strip any meaning anything holds for you and replace it with some generic, government approved belief.
I grew up 30 miles from the University I have loved all my life. I know that sounds silly but the University of Mississippi embodied everything I always wanted to be. The honor, loyalty, duty, civility and chivalry I saw taught there appealed to me. My grandfather one told me the greatest thing a young man can aspire to is to become an old gentleman.
Due to many factors (including my dad’s wise countenance that I might drink myself into a manual labor job if I went there), I never attended Ole Miss – I went to Mississippi State because they had the far superior engineering school.
My beloved University is going through an identity crisis. First the Confederate battle flag was banned, then the playing of “Dixie” by the band at halftime was banned – then, several years ago, the student body chose to oust our mascot, a stylized representation of a gentlemen from the Old South, and replace it with a black bear (supposedly a tie to William Faulkner’s writing about said animal). Now they want to do it again, changing this time to a shark (in homage to the “Landshark” defense of the football team).
What follows is a response to the article about the potential mascot change and what triggered me (if progressives can get triggered, so can I!).
>>>The bear and the shark have no traditional connections with the university or the region in which it sits…but now that some have decided that the mere presentation of a cotton stalk in a decorative arrangement is racist, I doubt that anything even resembling something with ties to the pre-Civil War south (Ole Miss was founded in 1848) would not be deemed racist. Hell, now even the Star Spangled Banner is supposed to be racist.
When Col. Rebel hits the field, the battle flag flies and the band plays Dixie, we aren’t celebrating slavery, we are celebrating the traditions of civility, chivalry and the positive things about the South and its universities…at least that’s what it means to me – and to the thousands of people who tailgate in the Grove before home games. To me, those things represent small rural towns, narrow tree-lined streets, Friday night football complete with high-school marching bands, a massive town square with a neatly manicured courthouse lawn, lifelong friends with bonds that will never be broken – and people who wave and say hello even if they don’t know you – they might even invite you to church and home-cooked lunch afterwards (usually fried chicken). It’s the smell of flowering dogwood and magnolia trees in the spring, the smell of burning leaves and firewood in the fall. It is where I met the love of my life and married her in a church in the middle of town. It is home to me.
This is what I grew up with and where my love for the South came from. I didn’t grow up with slavery, so that is not what I associate these things with. Even though I am aware of our history of slavery and racial discrimination, like the opponents of Colonel Rebel, I get to choose what those symbols mean to me. No matter what gets voted in, a bear, a shark or a barcode, Colonel Rebel will always represent the University in my heart and mind.
It represents family and the pride that you are known by who your grandparents and great-grandparents were/are. It means tight bonds of fellowship regardless of color or creed. Most people who have not grown up in the South or lived there for very long don’t get that – all they see are the sons and daughters of slave holders and rampant racism – something that has largely been stamped out. I’ll be there is less racism per capita in Oxford, Mississippi than there is in New York City.
I guess we could become the University of Mississippi Generics and have a bar code for our mascot and the flag – but I guess that is out because somehow both computers and the math they are based on are now considered sexist.<<<
Statuary and symbols mean different things to different people. How can individual freedom be preserved if society allows one minority segment, under the auspices of federal, state or local government, determine that meaning for all?
If this were only about statues, symbology or college mascots, this would be trivial drivel – but it isn’t. It is about certain groups desiring to restrict speech and ban any thought, feeling or belief that is not first approved by some arbitrary authority under the thrall of the group that shrieks the loudest.
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Wonderful, thoughtful and articulate post.
We should have enslaved every confederate and Sherman’s March didn’t go far enough. Why the hell did we let losers put up statues of the traitors?
To a certain extent I agree with you.
Why in the World did we put up a statue to the Traitor Lincoln who abolished the Constitution on MULTIPLE occasions. Lincoln who did more to De-Construct the Republic from Federalism into a centralized Federal Government ……completely opposed to the Founders and their most basic principles.
Lincoln’s statue is not only and affront to True democracy as expressed in the 9th and 10th amendments…. it is a grotesque gesture of Centralized Federal government rivaled only by the Statues of Pharaohs of Egypt.
In addition the various Statues of MLK should be immediately removed as he was another instrument of the attempt to Destroy our Constitutional Republic. His connections to To Communist Party are well known. Stanly Levison was his speech writer and a high ranking member of the CPUSA. Even the leftist site Wikipedia can’t scrub his deep connections however hard they try to re-write the Truth.
In fact here is the end result of MLK’s call for street violence and the call for “economic justice” so prevalent in his speeches. The claim the Privater Property is ” white Supremacy” and that anti-Looting laws are ” Wite Supremacy”……….. Pure unadulterated Marxism.
Careful, Rich. If you accuse the people who seceded from the Union of being traitors, then you have to accuse the people who created this nation of the same thing.
The South merely exercised their RIGHT to leave the Union. The Union attacked in return which — like it or not — does make it the War of Northern Aggression.
Not so much my words, but those of Madison and Jefferson 9and others) who said the States retain the right to leave the Union.
Here is an excellent video of Walter Williams from 2015 describing the very attack you are talking about ! He calls them symbols….Statues….Confederate Flag etc. Takes a couple of questions but he gets to it.
Briefly……. In 1783 at the Treaty of Paris the war was ended and the treaty recognized each State as a Sovereign Nation….as Principles in the Treaty. And the States created the Federal Government as their AGENT….. not as their ruler….nor as an entity which supplanted their sovereignty in any way.
The ratification documents from RI, NY and Virginia stated that if the fed gov’t became abusive…. the state ( s ) had the right to rescind the authority given and implied by the Constitution. Thus the right to secede DID exist…..and the Traitor was actually Lincoln.
Thomas Sowell spreading some Truth about Slavery and its misconceptions !
This is an EXCELLENT video. I knew all this, but this puts it very well: clear and concise. Thanks for posting it.
The one about slavery in America…. Or Williams telling the truth about the ratification of the Constitution ?