Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

“Dixie.”  Whistled by Sen. Jesse Helms while standing next to the first [and only] African-American woman elected to the Senate, Carol Moseley-Braun.

O, I wish I was in the land of cotton
Old times there are not forgotten
Look away! Look away!
Look away! Dixie Land.

Look away!  Really?  Should we ‘look away?’Apparently the Republican governor of Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy, wants us to look away. Look away from SLAVERY.  He forgot to mention the word.  Well, he said that he forgot.  Lots of politicians these days find themselves apologizing and ‘forgetting.’

Slavery- as if it never happened.

Gov. Bob McDonnell declared April ‘confederate awareness month’ in a proclamation urging citizens to spend the month recalling Virginia’s days as a member of the Confederate States of America.

But not those slave days.

USA Today writes,

Virginians must surely be embarrassed by Gov. Bob McDonnell. The man who now presides in the erstwhile capital of the Confederacy might not grasp that slavery was the central cause of the Civil War.

Reviving a noxious tradition that his recent predecessors had dropped, McDonnell on Tuesday declared April to be Confederate History Month, and nowhere in his proclamation’s 353 words was slavery even mentioned. That takes quite an effort. Asked why he had omitted the word, McDonnell said he wasn’t “focused” on that aspect.

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Wasn’t focused on slavery.  It was, rather, freedom. The Sons of Confederate Veterans, the group that sought the proclamation from the governor,  declares, “The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South’s decision to fight the Second American Revolution.”

The Second American Revolution.  Fought for FREEDOM!  The freedom to own slaves.

Got it.

“Old times there are not forgotten.”

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6 thoughts on “Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

  1. It’s hard to imagine, outside of the twilight zone, a member of “The Party of Lincoln” looking fondly back at the confederacy.

  2. Hello Steve,
    Welcome to the lunacy of my world here within the Republican Party on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (Land where Harriett Tubman and Fredric Douglas were born as slaves) Many here within the Republican still think they were nothing more than a couple of trouble makers. Those who use to be members of the Klan have a new group they joined….Tea Party members!!

    Alice’s visit to Wonderland has nothing on me….LOTS of Tweedle dees and Tweedle DUMBS…yes I know it should be “Dum” but not in this case.

  3. Then stop hurting your brain, Steve, and look at the thousands of inhabitants of some of the Southern states who really do look with fond nostalgia to an imagined fantasy of yore.
    We ignore the real legacy of the racist past and try to deny it. I have been reading a lot about the Cherokee Nation, which was located in the great state of Georgia. They had succesfully negotiated treaties which allowed them to exist as an autonomous state. They were educated, had their own schools, written language and their cheif was educated at a University in Connecticut, where he, horrors, made the fatal mistake of marrying a white woman who was devoted to him.
    The Cherokees were driven out by sheer racist greed. The whoite settlers wanted their land and of course that gave them the right to dehumanize them drive them out like they were cattle…Many Cherokees died in the infamous Trail of Tears. Only the descendants of the Cherokees remember this anymore…to the rest of the amnesiac population, it never happened…the same people who claim that the Negro race never had it so good as when they were provided for by their kindly Massa’s.
    Hell, now they all gotta stand in line to get their Obamacare!

    Ahh fer the good ole days…look away, look away!

  4. I don’t think its just Southern pride, Neil Oliver talks about national creation myths. The US has many myths about its origins: A christian nation, white people driving out the savages, the militias defeating the British army, frontier farmers, and so on.

    The problem is that these myths, even though they are myths are comforting. Obama hit a nerve when he mentioned the disgruntled types with their Bibles and their guns.

    The gun has become a mythic object in United States culture since it will protect one from all evil. Of course, I have the video clip of the man at the Klan rally saying “Don’t let them take away your guns”.

    In the myth, the White European conquered the untamed land with his trusty flintlock, but the reality was far different.

    But, as Steve says, it is hard to imagine a member of “The Party of Lincoln” looking fondly back at the confederacy outside of the twilight zone. But the US has become Bizarro Land in the last 10 years.

  5. RACISM! Shriek, scream, cry…if you don’t look for racism in every aspect of everyone’s lives or, deconstruct everything said or, unsaid…you must be a racist…and so are they!

    Seriously, thats all I ever see from you folks.
    Calling out someone who IS doing racist things is one thing but, turning everything in your lives into a “Wheres Waldo” of racism is quite pathetic.

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