Kim Severson, a Wisconsin-born lesbian and Atlanta bureau chief for the New York Times, has written article about the decline of civility in the South.
Southerners are becoming less civilized. We are losing our traditional culture. Foreigners are moving to Dixie. They are changing our way of life.
There is nothing much to dispute here. Everyone who lives in the South knows that our decline goes far beyond things we used to take for granted like good manners, ballroom dancing, and the ability of women to prepare tasteful home cooked meals.
The last three generations of Southerners have witnessed a social revolution that has been imposed upon Dixie by the federal government:
(1) The Gaines decision (1938) and Sweatt vs. Painter and McLaurin vs. Oklahoma State Regents (1950) struck down segregation in law and graduate schools.
(2) The Smith vs. Allwright decision (1944) struck down the White primary.
(3) Morgan vs. Virginia (1946) banned segregation in interstate transportation.
(4) Shelly vs. Kramer (1948) banned judicial enforcement of racially restrictive covenants in housing.
(5) Henderson vs. United States (1950) banned segregation in railroad cars.
(6) Hernandez vs. Texas (1954) ruled that Mexican-Americans in Texas are entitled to the “equal protection of the laws” under the 14th Amendment.
(7) The Brown decision (1954) and Brown II decision (1955) forced us to integrate our public schools on the basis of the latest cutting edge work in sociology. Eisenhower and JFK ultimately had to use the military to enforce the decision in Arkansas (1957), Mississippi (1962), and Alabama (1963).
(8) Browder vs. Gayle (1956) struck down segregation on public buses in the South.
(9) President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 into law over Strom Thurmond’s filibuster in the Senate, the longest one person filibuster in history, which created the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the Civil Rights Division within the Justice Department.
(10) Cooper vs. Aaron (1958) ruled that the Supreme Court had sole authority to interpret the Constitution and the states could not ignore its rulings.
(11) The Civil Rights Act of 1960 extended the life of the Civil Rights Commission and gave it power to oversee local election practices. It was filibuster for 43 hours by Southern senators. That set a new record as the longest filibuster in history.
(12) Boynton vs. Virginia (1960) banned racial segregation at terminals involved in interstate transportation. The “Freedom Riders” came to the South to test out the decision at Southern bus terminals in Birmingham and Montgomery.
(13) JFK issues Executive Order 10925 (1960) which creates the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
(14) The Interstate Commerce Commission (1960) bans segregation in interstate transportation.
(15) JFK issues (1961) Executive Order 10925 which creates affirmative action. He bans housing segregation (1962) in federal funded housing with Executive Order 11063 .
(16) The 24th Amendment (1964) abolishes the poll tax for federal elections. It was rejected in 10 Southern states.
(17) The Civil Rights Act of 1964 overthrows the entire Jim Crow system. Northern senators and congressmen vote 9 to 1 to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was filibustered by Southern senators for 57 days.
(18) The Supreme Court in Heart of Atlanta Motel vs. United States (1964) upholds the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
(19) Congress passes the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is voted down in the South.
(20) Congress passes the Immigration Act of 1965 which is voted down by Southerners in Congress.
(21) LBJ issues Executive Order 11246 which requires federal contractors to practice “equal opportunity.”
(22) Loving vs. Virginia strikes down every anti-miscegenation law in the South.
(23) The Civil Rights Act of 1968 bans housing discrimination. It is voted down in the South.
(24) Nixon’s Philadelphia Plan (1969) requires government contractors to hire black workers.
(25) Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education (1971) upholds busing to achieve “desegregation.”
(26) The Equal Rights Amendment (1972) passes both houses of Congress, but is killed by Southern opposition in the states.
(27) Roe vs. Wade (1973) guarantees a woman’s right to have an abortion. It strikes down state laws that ban abortion.
(28) Milliken v. Bradley (1974) affirms the constitutionality of busing students to achieve desegregation in education.
(29) The Bakke decision (1978) affirms the constitutionality of affirmative action in higher education.
(30) United Steelworkers of America v. Weber (1979) rules that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not bar employers from favoring women and minorities in hiring.
(31) The Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday (1983) is created to honor MLK. It is voted down by Southerners in Congress.
(32) The IRCA amnesty of 1986 is voted down by Southerners.
(33) The Civil Rights Act of 1988 requires that recipients of federal funds (i.e., taxes paid by White Southerners) must comply with federal civil rights laws in all areas.
(34) The Immigration Act of 1990 creates the visa lottery and raises the number of legal immigrants allowed into the United States every year. It is voted down by Southerners in Congress.
(35) The Civil Rights Act of 1991 puts the burden of proof on employers to prove that they are not discriminating against minorities. Showing that policies have a “disparate impact” upon minorities is enough to prove discrimination now.
(36) The Immigration Act of 1996 is passed by Southerners in the first Republican Congress since the 1950s. It is a major crackdown on illegal immigration. It is not enforced by Clinton, Bush, or Obama.
(37) Grutter vs. Bollinger (2003) upholds affirmative action in higher education.
(38) Lawrence vs. Texas (2003) strikes down a sodomy law in Texas giving the “gay rights” movement a major victory.
(39) Southerners in Congress kill the McCain-Kennedy amnesty of 2005.
(40) Southerners in Congress pass the Secure Fence Act in 2006. Bush and Obama fail to build the border fence.
(41) Southerners in Congress kill the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007.
(42) Parents vs. Seattle (2007), the culmination of a fifty year effort by Southerners to change the Supreme Court, finally starts to turn the tide on integration and prohibits assigning children to school districts for the some purpose of achieving integration.
(43) Southerners in Congress have killed the DREAM Act which has been introduced in the 107th, the 108th, the 109th, the 110th, and the 111th Congress.
The DREAM Act was last killed by Southern opposition in the Senate in December 2010. It passed the Democratic controlled House. The fate of the DREAM Act was left in the hands of Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Olympia Snowe of Maine who voted to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that very same day.
(44) Southerners voted against repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the House and State that allowed homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. military.
There is an obvious problem with the theory that we are going to “take our country back” – the vast majority of us live south of the Mason-Dixon line.
White Southerners are a minority within the United States. Blacks have been enfranchised. Women have been enfranchised. Hispanics and Asians have been invited to invade Dixie and overwhelm states like Florida and Texas.
In the consolidated Lincoln system that emerged in the aftermath of the War Between the States, the federal government and the federal courts make every important decision, and the states and cities have been reduced to mere administrative units which carry out the whimsical orders of federal judges and federal lawmakers.
White Southerners exist to pay taxes to our overlords in Washington. They redistribute our wealth to coalitions of special interest groups with vast armies of lobbyists that vote them into power.
In the United States, Southerners will always be the minority. Every year, the number of non-Whites increases, and the idea that we are going to “take our country back” by working through the Lincoln system which was designed to hold us down becomes more unplausible.
Blacks have been allowed to destroy Birmingham, Richmond, Memphis, and New Orleans. Hispanics have invaded large parts of Texas and Florida. Yankee transplants and their African-American allies are taking over Virginia and North Carolina.
Washington controls our elections and public schools. It controls our universities. It controls every single private business in Dixie. It controls the healthcare system. It controls the environment. It controls the airwaves. It controls the definition of citizenship. It has usurped every single power reserved to the states.
The government that exists in Washington today doesn’t even have the slightest resemblance to the one envisioned by the Founding Fathers. This is not by any stretch of the imagination the country that our ancestors consented to join.
The American culture is pumped in here through the radio, the television, Hollywood movies, and corporate owned newspapers and magazines. It comes through the hierarchy of the federalized public school system and through the state universities which are increasingly staffed by tenured aliens.
The homogenizing commercial sprawl landscape has grown up around the federal interstates. There are thousands of cookie cutter suburbs now in Dixie which have been created for the sole purpose of escaping the Black Undertow in our ruined major cities.
The cost of the Black Undertow to White Southerners is astronomical. It has completely destroyed our ability to enjoy civic amenities like public swimming pools. It has destroyed entire regions of states like Alabama and Georgia by making life impossible there for White couples who can’t send their children to the integrated public schools.
Just to escape from the Black Undertow, Whites have to move into expensive suburbs or pay tuition for private schools, which required Southern women to join the workforce en masse and Southern men to work longer hours, thereby inflicting enormous collateral damage upon households.
The Democratic Party is controlled by the radical groups that want to push the social revolution forward to a next level. The Republican Party is controlled by the Northeastern business establishment that offers nothing more than half hearted resistance to the progressive social agenda.
To the extent we have any control over the government, it is at the state and local level where we can pass laws that are gutted or blocked by federal judges on the grounds that is “unconstitutional” to exercise any control over our fate.
America isn’t the White Man’s Country:
“As punitive and prejudicial as Jim Crow laws were in the North, they never reached the intensity of oppression and degree of violence and sadism that they did in the South. A black person could not swim in the same pool, sit in the same public park, bowl, play pool or, in some states, checkers, drink from the same water fountain or use the same bathroom, marry, be treated in the same hospital, use the same schoolbooks, play baseball with, ride in the same taxicab, sit in the same section of a bus or train, be admitted to any private or public institution, teach in the same school, read in the same library, attend the same theater, or sit in the same area with a white person.
Blacks had to address white people as Mr., Mrs., or “Mizz,” “Boss,” or “Captain” while they, in turn, were called by their first name, or by terms used to indicate social inferiority — “boy,” “aunty,” or uncle.” Black people, if allowed in a store patronized by whites, had to wait until all white customers were served first. If they attended a movie, they had to sit in the balcony; if they went to a circus, they had to buy tickets at a separate window and sit in a separate section. They had to give way to whites on a sidewalk, remove their hats as a sign of respect when encountering whites, and enter a white person’s house by the back door.”
Richard Wormser, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2003), pp.xi-xii
This is supposed to sound horrifying and shockingly racist to our egalitarian ears. White supremacy is supposed to be what we are “progressing” away from. It sounds more like a paradise to me.
White supremacy in the American South was the political embodiment of our foundational belief that Dixie is a “White Man’s Country.” It meant that White men controlled the government and every aspect of society. They ran it for the benefit of White men and White families and no one else.
African-Americans who believed they should have the right to marry White women, attend White public schools, and consort with White people on the basis of social equality were invited to move to the more liberal Northern states where they would be accommodated.
In 2011, 54 percent of African-Americans live in Dixie. In 1911, 90 percent of African-Americans lived in Dixie. The Jim Crow laws pushed half of all the blacks in America outside the South. White supremacy was a practical way forward to realizing the ideal of the White Man’s Country.
A mere glance at Severson’s photo gallery is sufficient to show the culture that has been lost here. The only way to preserve the social graces of traditional Southern culture is through separation from the United States … and its endless waves of “transformative” social revolutions.
Let someone else volunteer to climb MLK’s Chinese mountaintop. We’re about done.