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July 7, 2015

The Prattling of Southern Haters

Harry M. Covert

I am in no way a racist. I am a lover of history, good, bad or indifferent. I was all set to ignore all of the hand-wringing about the battle flag. Then I saw the headline and story, “How the South Skews America. We’d be less violent, more mobile and in general more normal if not for Dixie.”

The above writing came from a Texas writer the other day, published by Politico.com. Now this is an example of things to come from those reprobates who hate everything southern.

Little by little those who hate the south are going to keep on prattling about the meanness and hatefulness and religiosity of those from the south. These haters want to rewrite history, they want to erase everything about the south. How many people from the south “retire” to the nawth? Not many.

It might not be pleasant but the “Story of Virginia” was taught for years and years and taught the historic arrivals in Jamestown, life in Colonial Williamsburg, about Virginia the mother of presidents, even if you count Woodrow Wilson.

The changes of late in the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout other states below the Mason Dixon Line really are the result of too many Yankees, sorry about that, too many northerners invading these areas. They don’t know history except that most born and bred southern Americans must be dumb and ignorant, and, with a broad brush, everybody is racist.

Another story emanating from twitter is a fact that Abraham Lincoln “hated Thomas Jefferson.” So what, I might reply. They were from totally different times and lived years and years apart. While Mr. Wilson, the president, was born in Staunton, VA, he was known for his years in New Jersey. And, was one of the most racist politicians of the past century. Check out his hiring practices. Just for the Texans, there’s no need to beat up on LBJ today for his comments (taped by the way) before his Great Society.

A Texas congressman I know used to introduce LBJ at political rallies in the Lone Star State. He started with an anecdote how LBJ baked cakes. “First, you steal a dozen eggs.” After several times the future president got a bit angry. Once funny, but not dignified later.

A lot of nit-picking is available about racism in the country of years past, not including the carpetbaggers’ time, but in the mid-1900s.

The fellow who wrote the earlier comment, “We’d be less violent, more mobile and in general more normal if not for Dixie,” is certainly welcome to his opinion no matter how stupid and insidious.

It is offensive to hear southerners of times past called traitors, even those who like to wrap up in the battle flag, or take time to be reenactors strutting around Gettysburg.

Who talks about Dixie anymore? Senator Claghorn from radio days? “I say, I say.”

I do remember a night at the Marine Barracks in the District. The American vice president hosted the Chinese vice president. The bands were marching, everybody in full dress. As the Navy band proceeded with the Navy hymn and then the anthem, Dixie, a brigadier general and VMI graduate accidentally rose up. Suddenly the entire audience of military brass and guests stood. There were salutes en masse.

It is time for people to get a grip, relax a bit. What’s better than being American? Just think of the joys. Political correctness is way out of line. Because people enjoy history doesn’t make them racist or hateful or demagogues.

Have you seen signs like this: “Thank God I’m an American but I’m sure glad I was born in Maryland?” Or this one, Thank God I’m an American but I’m sure glad I was born in _________.” (Readers can fill in the blank. States’ rights, you say?

Those who want a respite from all this stuff, I can suggest author Robert Skimin’s book “Gray Victory.” It’s a fun book, an “exciting novel of conspiracy and intrigue set mostly in Richmond. Its 1866, the year after the South won the war.”

Pass the biscuits and gravy, PLEASE.

hmcovert@gmail.com

 



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