Slowly but surely, the South is being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. From my home state, again:
Effingham County High School’s mascot was the focus of a heated school board meeting held in Springfield Tuesday night.
A small group of people, led by the NAACP, want the mascot changed from the “Rebels”, usually pictured as a Confederate soldier holding a Confederate Flag.
“We have come to make a petition to right the wrong that should have been corrected 60 years ago,” said Leroy Lloyd, president of the Effingham NAACP.
The petition – made by the local NAACP – is for the school board to remove the use of all confederate symbols used by the school. This includes the Rebel mascot, the use of the Confederate flag, and the school’s “Dixie” fight song.
Some say the history and hate associated with these symbols cannot be severed.
Pastor Franklin Blanks, Jr., First Union Baptist Church, said, “We should do better. We cannot ignore this practice any longer. We ask you to do the respect of representing all citizens. Do what is fair and honest concerning this practice.”
I get it. It’s disrespectful at best and racist at worst. No student should have to go to a school whose mascots are symbols of a terroristic past. It isn’t cute nor should it be rousing. Sorry, Georgia.
Nevermind all that. We are entering the second phase of the civil rights movement and that can only be a good thing. But you can expect some pushback by the New Old racists, and if it weren’t so pernicious, it’d be downright funny:
But the overwhelming majority of people who attended Tuesday’s meeting disagreed.
Stanley Carter, resident, said, “You try to erase my heritage, you try to erase anything you think is racist. But the whole time you were up here, sir. I apologize, but everything you said was racist.”
Translation: You’re being racist if you talk about my racism. Well, Cooter, it doesn’t work that way. Black people are allowed to discuss systemic racism without declaring superiority over white people. To take offense because someone else took offense is an asshole’s way out of a substantive debate, it’s tu quoque and it’s absurd.
Whitey runs the show everywhere you look. Complaining about having to cede some of your space to be hateful is lunacy. There’s plenty left-it just doesn’t have to take place on public grounds anymore. Put away your gray hats and flag. You lost the war and you’re going to lose this one too.