Most southern heritage battles lead me to hate both sides, but this story has a few extra twists.
Friday, October 23, 2009 :::
The controversy surrounds the chanting of "the South will rise again". Regional pride — like almost any tribal instinct — can be either innocuous or invidious. There are solid historical reasons for considering southern pride more suspect than, say, Midwest pride, but I don't think it should be considered altogether off-limits.
From that perspective, I find a couple aspects of that story odd. To start, the UMiss student government voted that "the South will rise again" is offensive and divisive and should be replaced with "to hell with LSU". Which strikes me as more blatantly offensive and divisive, but maybe that's just me.
What strikes me as weirder is that their nickname is the Rebels, and there is, apparently, no talk of changing that. If you want to avoid evoking a culture thought of principally these days for sustaining slavery, I would think a vague expression of regional pride would take a back seat to explicit emulation of the combatants who fought for that culture. No?
::: posted by Steven at 10:39 PM