This Sunday morning, frequent commenter UptheFlag was sitting in a fast food restaurant in Jackson, MS and observed that three bus loads of Young Life Christians from Lubbock, TX on their way to Atlanta to join a Young Life crusade just unloaded. He wrote, “Another boy has a shirt on that reads, Preach Southern Pride.” One black kid, the rest white, he reported. No Hispanics. He found out that there were 158 youth in the group. One hundred fifty-seven white, one black.
On younglife.org there is a tab for high school which reads:
the high school years are still a time when most teenagers make important life choices, including what they believe about God. And so Young Life is there in the world of high school — learning kids’ names, hearing their stories, having fun and sharing with them the great news of a God who loves them.
Hearing their stories, it says. What will the sole black teen have to say? How will it impact the others at the conference? We’ll never know.
I googled the phrase, Southern Pride, and found no t-shirt, but I did find lots of Confederate flags. This icon was an especially interesting hit:
It seems to fit with the Zimmerman case quite nicely. There was a letter to the editor in our Toledo newspaper this morning that said, “I wonder about my fellow residents: Who might be carrying a loaded gun, and who might make impulsive, lethal decisions? Rather than being safer, we’re in much more danger than ever before in my lifetime.”
Are guns a large part of Southern Pride? Further, what else beyond firearms is cherished in this culture? I don’t know. Perhaps UptheFlag can fill us in.