Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cultural genocide at Ole Miss

Some cultures can be celebrated. Others must be snuffed out:

Tempers are flaring all over the Ole Miss campus. They’re fighting over a fight song.

The school’s chancellor says the band must stop playing "From Dixie With Love" because of a chant students added to the lyrics.

‘No love for Dixie’ read the headline Wednesday on the Ole Miss student newspaper. School leaders pulling the piece from the marching band’s playlist is something everyone on campus is talking about.

Dean Reardon, who banned the song, dismisses the students’ complaints with the Roman Polanski defense — the kids brought it on themselves:

The students who chose to say "The South will rise again" killed the tradition” says Dean of Students Dr. Thomas Reardon.

Reardon says there were several warnings to stop the chant. When it continued at a game last weekend, that was the final straw.

“That does not convey who we are” says Reardon. “It also does not convey the progress we’ve made as a university or show any respect to the people who have made tremendous sacrifices to bring us where we are.”

Whoa, there, Dean. Shouting "The South will rise again" fails to show respect to the people who brought us where we are? So these young Southerners should respect the Yankee invaders who subjugated their ancestors?

Memo to Ole Miss students, from the office of the Dean: Stop this talk about wanting to rise back up. Accept the fact your people were defeated, and we won’t take anything else away from you.

On The Web:   www.dixienet.org/rebellion/2009/11/cultural-genocide-at-ole-miss.html