Have you noticed that there are now certain terms and phrases that are being banned or frowned upon because they supposedly conjure up negative connotations and are being considered and coined as offensive? Who dreams this stuff up? I say be careful about what you listen to, you may be getting brainwashed without knowing it.
seems that here in Utah we are now being associated with the
Confederate South. In St. George, we have a university here named Dixie
State University! Some are saying that with all the recent focus on the
Confederate Flag that now might be the right time for Utah to reconsider
its "unfortunate" association with the confederate south. Never mind
that 80% of the community members in a recent survey say they want the
name to stay and that they like it.
Mormon settlers came to St. George, they called the area Dixie because
it was hot and grew cotton, like in the south. But now many connect the
word to slavery and the Civil War.
Here is what one person thinks about the name 'Dixie'.
is a horribly offensive and racist word! As a young child, I was forced
to drink Kool-Aid from a Dixie Cup. I found it so incredibly derogatory
and offensive. To this day, I can't bring myself to drink Kool-Aid, as
it leaves such a bitter taste in my mouth.
there was the time I played trumpet in the high school band. My band
director made us play Dixie music during Mardi Gras. I was so offended
by it that I lost my embouchure. My band director and the word dixie is
responsible for the millions of dollars in potential income I would have
earned as a professional trumpeter.
about this same time, I became an avid Journey fan. The albums were
epic: Evolution, Infinity, Departure...then I bought the live album,
'Captured' and heard for the first time, a live track entitled, "Dixie
Highway". All sense of right and wrong left me. Racial harmony no longer
had any meaning in my life. My favorite band of all time was nothing
but a bunch of racist bigots. I couldn't believe it! I didn't want to
Stop Believin' but the proof was right there, in the track! Not long
afterwards, I realized the "Dixie Highway" wasn't just a song. It was
actually the name of a real highway in the United States. IN THE U.S.
of all things! Yeah, a highway that runs from Detroit all the way down
to Florida, 1, 385 miles of racist, offensive bigoted highway. How
could my government allow that?
To this day, I blame every evil, every shortcoming, every disadvantage I've ever had in life on the word "Dixie."
is a good point. There are so many things with the name 'Dixie'. Does
that now mean we want to get rid of every mention of that name?
Another great way to think about this:
"Let's try an experiment with this use of logic.
Southern Utah is associated with Dixie because of cotton. Cotton was
originally harvested by slaves, therefore we should equate cotton
production and products with slavery. We all should boycott
cotton...and no longer wear blue-jeans as a protest against slavery!
Utah's Dixie did not
have slaves. Those that settled Utah's Dixie did not practice
slavery--even when it was legal; settlers of Utah's Dixie were openly
opposed to slavery, these settlers considered slavery evil, actively
supported & espoused its abolishment, and did not permit its
practice in any of their settlements...well before such laws were passed
elsewhere and a generation before the 14th amendment. The settlers of
Utah's Dixie did NOT afford black men (AND women even before national
suffrage) only part of a vote in local elections--as was the predominate
practice elsewhere. I would think from an abolitionist viewpoint that
we should celebrate Southern Utah settlers and the fact that Utah's
Dixie demonstrated conclusively that slave were NOT necessary to
profitably produce cotton products...well before either the US abolished
slavery or the advent of the cotton-gin." ---Doug Van Duker
I feel that many terms or phrases, such as "dixie" are coming under attack for ridiculous reasons. But for right now, can
we just leave Dixie out of the progressive brain washing conversation?
It's designed to take away freedom of speech, one phrase or term at a time.
5 years ago