13 October 2014

Embracing Southern Heritage & Style Gets You Labeled "Manure"

Update - my response to the attempted deflection.

Welcome to the world of objective historians. Notice all the assumptions and one-dimensional perspectives. Wow. The anger and abundance of knotted undies is rather palpable, ain't it?

This blogger tells us:
Just don’t ask where their allowance for clothing came from or the raw material itself.
And I suppose you shouldn't ask who was buying much of that raw material either. But don't confuse them with the facts. Some folks just don't seem to understand that there's a lot more to the South than 1861-1865, cotton, slavery and hillbillies.

"The south has produced the world's best literature. It dominates world culture. Southern culture is the most powerful and expressive in the world." ~ Timothy Tyson

"The American South is a geographical entity, a historical fact, a place in the imagination, and the homeland of an array of Americans who consider themselves southerners. The region is often shrouded in romance and myth, but its realities are as intriguing, as intricate, as its legends." ~ The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

"The South is cultivated in collards and covered in kudzu . . . Many of us are descended from Scottish settlers and African slaves--and we usually find that we have more in common with each other than with Northern urbanites." ~ Clint Johnson

"The Southern Mind loathes abstractions . . . particularly harmful abstractions which go against the family, the organic community, ancestral customs, and religious faith." ~ Alphonse Vinh

Perhaps the anger is envy. It's demonstrably evident that Southern culture dominates much of American life. There is ample evidence of this fact. Google presents us with some of that evidence. I just did some "comparative" searches. Search terms were in quote marks for specificity. Not totally scientific, but rather revealing nonetheless. Here are the hit results:


Southern Culture: 994,000

Northern culture: 79,100

Southern Cooking: 1,460,000

Northern Cooking: 7,510 (That's rather pathetic, ain't it?)

Southern Hospitality: 977,000

Northern Hospitality: 54,700

Southern Style: 726,000 (aka "manure")

Northern Style: 351,000

Southern Accent: 416,000

Northern Accent: 146,000

Robert E. Lee: 680,000

Ulysses S. Grant: 393,000

And, as I pointed out before . . . 

There is a Southern Living Magazine. There is no Northern Living Magazine.

We have Southern Gospel music. We do not have Northern Gospel music.

There is Southern Appalachia, but nothing known as Northern Appalachia.

We have Southern Fried chicken, no Northern Fried chicken.

There are Southern manners, no Northern manners.

We have the Center for the Study of Southern Culture (Ole Miss), but no corresponding Center for Northern Culture.

We have the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (UNC Press), but no Encyclopedia of Northern Culture.

We have the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, but no Northern Cultural Heritage Foundation.

We have a large university Documenting the American South, but none that I know of which documents the American North.

We have Southern belles, but no Northern belles. (And what man wouldn't rather listen to a woman from Alabama with a soft Southern drawl talk to you over the phone vs. the nasal twang of a young lady from New Joisey?)

To conclude, having lived in the South for 56 years, I have very little patience for Northeast elites who suggest such insulting nonsense about Southerners.

12 comments:

Jubilo said...

Dear Old Dom.,
Not to worry, this too will pass. Kevin the Carpetbagger is hardly an expert on fashion or American culture. Seems no one remembered that Mary Todd Lincoln was a "Southern Belle."
Haters gonna hate.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"Haters" was actually one of the first things that came to my mind. I think some of those folks have a lot of pent up anger they need to deal with. And that particular blogger's all giddy about the new "slavery = American capitalism" book he's been gushing about. This "style" hit piece fits nicely into the template.

Eddie said...

Not to forget Southern rock

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

CDB, Marshall Tucker, Allman Brothers, Wet Willie, etc. For sure.

Craig Lyons said...

Wow, someone is very insecure with where they are from.

You do understand there is a group of flaggers in Virginia that boil the south down to just those years, 1861-65 and the only symbol of the south is the Confederate Battle flag the flew above the armies of slavery for only 4 years.

Heck, come to think of it...I would be insecure also.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Greetings Mr. Lyons.

"Wow, someone is very insecure with where they are from."

Indeed. Sad, isn't it? I, like you, feel sorry for my New England brethren. (You make a great echo chamber.)

"You do understand there is a group of flaggers in Virginia that boil the south down to just those years, 1861-65"

No! I had no idea. Thanks for enlightening me.

"the only symbol of the south is the Confederate Battle flag the flew above the armies of slavery for only 4 years."

No kidding. I can beat that. Old Glory flew over a slave nation for 83 years.

"Heck, come to think of it...I would be insecure also."

I'm sorry. Try thinking independently. Conformity can be a symptom of insecurity.

Craig Lyons said...

Mr. Williams,

I am not talking about New Englanders...I am talking about you.

From your comment I take it you side with Virginia Flaggers?

True, the American Flag flew over slavery for 83 years and the Rebel flag for only 4.

However, the American flag set the slaves free, while if the south would have won, that would not have happened.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"I am not talking about New Englanders...I am talking about you."

Oh, I see. My mistake. You a psychologist, are you?

"From your comment I take it you side with Virginia Flaggers?"

Wow. How do you get that from my comment?

"However, the American flag set the slaves free, while if the south would have won, that would not have happened."

Not immediately, no, but every Western nation eliminated slavery. The notion that the USA or the CSA would not have done the same with/without the WBTS is absurd on its face.

And your morality play doesn't work. The EP was purely political - you know (or should) that. And Lincoln's willingness to enshrine slavery in the 13th amendment kinda disqualifies your argument about the *US flag.

Now, you've taken this off topic far enough. You can either stay on topic by discussing/debating the contents of the post or your future comments will be deleted.

And you should know that your juvenile debate tactics are, well, juvenile. See if you can't bring the level of your comments up a bit.

*Just to be clear, I honor and respect Old Glory.


Craig Lyons said...

So is this how you treat all your commenters? You are very rude!

*Just to be clear, I do not honor nor respect the confederate flag.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Mr. Lyons:

"So is this how you treat all your commenters? You are very rude!"

Not all commenters, but those who come here with an axe to grind and an accusatory tone, simply echoing something from another blog, yes. I responded in kind.

"*Just to be clear, I do not honor nor respect the confederate flag."

That's fine. I do. I was born and grew up in the South and have 3 g-g grandfathers who fought under that flag. 2 of them were wounded, 2 of them spent time in Yankee prisons, one died as a result of his wounds.

So I honor the flag of the Confederate soldier.

C. Lyons said...

So you honor the Confederate soldier with a flag...hmmmmmm...ok fine.

Oh and btw could you point to the comment I made from some other blog?

Thanks...

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"So you honor the Confederate soldier with a flag...hmmmmmm...ok fine."

You find honoring a soldier with a flag odd? Hmmmm . . .

Just follow the links in the post to answer your question. The charge of being "insecure" is a common refrain when one can't answer the argument. If you'll read the post and the link, I think the charge of calling me "insecure" is truly a pot and kettle moment.