It was a pivotal moment in the history of Black Run America: The Day That Whites Almost Fought Back against the Civil Rights Movement.
The year is 1962. The state is Mississippi. The place is the University of Mississippi. It was the day that a revolutionary moment on par with 1861 came and passed in the nation of Dixie:
“In a burst of complete lunacy, the state’s leading radio and TV stations, WJDX/WLBT, was broadcasting Confederate war songs as the battle raged. The station had correspondents reporting from the scene at Oxford, and they were doing their best to report the facts of the riot. But in Jackson, after cutting away from the on-the-scene reports, the station’s segregationist management was inflaming the riot by spinning “rebel” recordings, providing a demented, rousing, pulse-pounding soundtrack to the riot. The musical mayhem drifted throughout the Mississippi countryside, into the homes of frightened citizens, into the car radios of civilian volunteers moving on Oxford, and into the ears of rioters and spectators at the battle.
What they heard was the music of total war: “Fear no danger, shun no labor, /lift up rifle, pike and saber, / To arms, to arms, to arms, in Dixie! / Shoulder pressing close to shoulder, / let the odds make each heart bolder, / To arms, to arms, to arms in Dixie!” Then there was the “No, No, Never” song, written especially for the Meredith crisis: “Never, never, never, never, No, never! / Ross is standing like Gibraltar, we shall, never, never falter …” Then a joyous coed chorus belted out the tune “Go, Mississippi!” the new state song and football anthem.
The years melted away, and suddenly it was 1861 again and Jeff Davis was president, and the Confederate army was unvanquished, and the dream of an independent Southern republic was almost as alive as tomorrow morning, consecrated in blood and bullets and the glory of gallant, golden-haired young heroes.”
The forced integration of Ole Miss showed how easily that television and radio could be used to reconstruct the Confederacy in a national emergency. Imagine what it would have been like to fight the War Between the States with the radio playing Confederate marching songs.
It almost happened:
“Across the region, cars and trucks full of armed and unarmed fighters were surging toward Oxford from all directions, especially from segregationist strongholds in adjacent Alabama and Louisiana.”
In 1962, there were thousands of volunteers on the way to Oxford who were ready to take up arms against “Bobby.” The Klan under Robert Shelton was mobilizing an army of 100,000 White men from across the South to defend Mississippi.
It was a fascinating moment in American history. A Mississippi state legislator introduced a secession ordinance in 1962. Governor Barnett talked to RFK on the phone about getting out of the Union.
This is a true story.
The most interesting story of Ole Miss in 1962 is why JFK was able to triumph. He was able to integrate Ole Miss and the University of Alabama without much in the way of segregationist violence.
(1) Back then, Americans lived in fear of the Soviet Union, and the threat posed by a foreign bogeyman could be invoked to persuade Americans to close ranks.
(2) Back then, Americans still trusted the Mainstream Media, whose “reporting” on the “Civil Rights Movement” was able to mold racial attitudes in the North and isolate the South.
(3) Back then, Americans had just fought WW2 and there was no stomach for refighting the War Between the States.
(4) Back then, America was 90 percent White, and it was reasonable to assume that “civil rights legislation” could be repealed through the political process. This was before the Immigration Act of 1965.
(4) Back then, Americans were enjoying an unprecedented wave of material prosperity and utopianism, which is why the “Civil Rights Movement” was able to break out in the mainstream, and why the White resistance movement lost steam.
(5) Back then, the North and South had spent almost a century burying the hatchet over the War Between the States. In 1961, both sides celebrated the heroism of the other section in the 100th anniversary, and sectional animosity had been diminishing for decades.
(6) Back then, the South was committed to the Democratic Party that FDR had forged in the Great Depression, and had voted for JFK of Massachusetts in 1960.
(7) Back then, JFK himself treated the Civil Rights Movement as a distraction, and it was reasonable to assume that MLK would lose favor in the North. This was before BRA was created in 1965.
(8) Back then, the business community thought it could sell out the White working class and neutralize the class issue by racializing Southern politics.
(9) Back then, it was still reasonable to assume that blacks only wanted to be judged by “content of character,” and would demobilize after they were granted equal citizenship in the United States.
(10) Back then, the South hadn’t lived in the shadow of Barack Hussein Obama and 50 years of contempt and hostility and vilification by the liberal establishment in Washington.
But now, none of this is really true anymore. If Barack Hussein Obama used force on Alabama or Arizona, he would find that Whites really would fight back this time, and that he would be as helpless as Gorbachev.