From Dixie, with love

October 23, 2009 at 11:39 am 4 comments

I woke up this morning to this lovely little ESPN article.

I’ll give you a little back story.  amelie and I live in Mississippi.  We’re Southern girls.  We went to college at Ole Miss, and we’re very proud of that.  We like our little town, we like being Southern, and no, we’re not racist.  Not even a little bit.

But living in the South has its drawbacks.  People walk on tip toes when it comes to anything related to race.  We don’t want to offend people.  And Ole Miss, particularly, has a bad history when it comes to race relations, so the administration tends to tread even more carefully than everyone else.

Before, during, and after every football game, the Ole Miss Band (“The Pride of the South”) plays From Dixie with Love, which gets all the students pumped up.  A few years ago–I’m not even sure who started it or why–at the every end of the song, drunken college students started chanting, “The South will rise again!”

Okay.  I have mixed feelings about this.  On the one hand, I can honestly say that I don’t think ANYONE who yells that is saying in any way that they’d like black people to be slaves again.  I don’t think ANYONE means it that way.  The way I take it is, one day the South isn’t going to be the armpit of the United States.  One day, we’re going to be awesome [amelie: It already is, but it’s a well-kept secret. Shh. Don’t tell.] One day, people will acknowledge that the SEC has the best football teams [amelie: Word].  That the people in the South are really nice and not uneducated rednecks. [amelie: More specifically, uneducated rednecks live everywhere, not just the South.] One day, we’ll have salaries that compare with the rest of the country.  One day, people won’t think of a Southern accent as a bad thing. [amelie: One day, Hollywood will learn that Louisiana accents ARE NOT THE SAME as Mississippi accents, which aren’t the same as Georgia accents, and that Texas is West not South.] One day, the South will be equal to the rest of the United States.

It’s a nice dream, right?  I think so.  Probably won’t happen any time soon (if ever) but there’s nothing wrong with dreaming.

Having said that, I can see why people are offended.  I don’t really care whether people say it or not.  I’m kind of neutral on the whole thing.  Mostly because I’m not very politically correct and I think it’s stupid to TRY to be politically correct, because you’re ALWAYS going to offend someone.  But I can see why people don’t like it, and I can completely understand why people are trying to stop others from saying it.

(But why is replacing “The South will rise again” with “To Hell with LSU!” any better?  Couldn’t that be considered hateful, too? [amelie: Hell fucking no. What kind of Rebel fan are you?!]) [kegger:  I’m just sayin’.  You’re wishing someone to go to hell.  Which, yeah, I know we say that EVERY FREAKING game, but still.  Can’t they both be considered hateful?  Yes.  They can.] [amelie: IT’S ENTIRELY DIFFERENT. Also: WTF–“To Hell with LSU?” Ew. Why not stick with the less-retarded, more action-packed “Go to Hell, LSU?”][kegger: Because apparently it doesn’t fit and flow with the chant.  Even though it has the freaking EXACT same amount of syllables.]

Anyway.  I can understand why the University is trying to stop that chant.  But you’d REALLY think that they’d realize by now that if you ask the students not to do something like that (remember the flag debacle?  Or when they tried to get rid of Colonel Reb?) it’s just going to piss them off and they’re going to do it even more?

A lot of people didn’t even really know about the chant.  You could really only hear it from the student section.  So bringing it to attention (in the student newspaper, and in the Tupelo paper) just made it worse.  Now, once again, we’re in the national news because we’re supposedly racist.  And once again, people think we’re uneducated rednecks.

In reality, it probably would have gone away on it’s own (students had already started a whole grassroots movement thing to replace it with “To hell with LSU”–and it was working) [amelie: GO TO HELL LSU OH MY GOD. I will not chant “To hell with LSU.” GROSS.] if people had just let it go.  Now?  It’s probably here to say just because they pissed people off.

Good job, university officials!  Thanks for bringing it to everyone’s attention and making it worse!

Maybe I’m looking at it the wrong way.  But I’m just so sick of only ever hearing negative things about Ole Miss.  There’s a lot of great things going on there, but you never get to hear about them.  Instead, you only hear about the occasional controversy.

Maybe one day we’ll get away from our past, but either way, we all know that it will be a VERY long time before the South rises again–if we ever do. [amelie: because, let’s face it, in this economy, we’re all poor.  If there are two things America needs right now, it’s sunshine and optimism. Also angels. Or hot guys in leather jackets.]

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  • 1. Brian Ferguson  |  October 24, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Very good points…Exactly our same thinking and the thinking of a lot of other fans. They have taken a small issue and turned it into a really big issue that is likely to have bigger factions before it is said and done. Dont say it, let the saying go so we can keep our even bigger tradition which is From Dixie With Love.

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    • 2. kegger  |  October 25, 2009 at 4:25 pm

      Yes. I think EVERYONE would rather them play “From Dixie With Love” than do the silly chant. But did you go to the game this weekend?! It was louder than it’s ever been–all because they made a big deal out of it and tried to tell people what to do. Yeah, it’s stupid for people to react that way, but it’s kind of like telling a teenager not to do something. They want to do it JUST BECAUSE you told them not to. You’d think they would have figured it out.

      I really do understand that it’s offensive to some people. I really do hope they stop saying it, because I REALLY don’t want them to take away our song. But if they’d just shut the hell up, it would have gone away on it’s own. Plus, it’s NOT a tradition. It’s fairly new–within the last few years.

      And I really am sick of having to walk on my tip toes when it comes to race. We have a black president. We live in the 21st century. We’re integrated, we’re equal. GET OVER IT. Race is never going to stop being an issue until we stop making it an issue.

      End rant.

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  • 3. Cindy  |  November 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    With you why does everybody hate Ole Miss. You should visit the town it is a great place!!!

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    • 4. kegger  |  November 4, 2009 at 12:18 pm

      We’re always going to be the bad guys, no matter how awesome we are, or how diverse the people on our campus are. Sometimes, you just can’t win.

      And $10 bucks says if the students chant “The South will rise again” at this weekend’s game (which they totally will), they’re going to take away “From Dixie with Love.” And to that, I say, SCREW YOU, chancellor, I hope every alumni person out there halts donations until you bring it back! Don’t let a small group of people ruin a tradition for everyone else.

      But anyway…..

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