Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WHAT'S A BUSINESS TO DO IN GOOD OLD DIXIE?

Someone will have to correct me, but isn't the name Dixie somewhat politically incorrect today? I dunno!

But what about the confederate logo for products in the south and the name of stores? What to do? What to do? Oh! What are they to do?

This was the Dixie Crystals Sugar logo for many, many years until it was changed a few years back. This is perhaps the most popular sugar brand in Dixie!
This is the modern version changed not too long ago:
Then there is this unfortunate famous southern grocery store chain and motor oil product:



28 comments:

Joseph Johnson said...

So Dixie Crystals no longer has the blue and red Cross of St. Andrew on the bag . . . This was the basis for the crossed stars on the Confederate battle flag and is still (blue diagonal cross on a blue background) the flag of Scotland.

Angry Augustinian said...

This whole flag flap reminds me of a wonderful scene in, "Catch 22" by Joseph Heller, when Yossarian is complaining to the Colonel about the number of missions always being raised. The Col. walks over to a map and points, pompously saying, "You see this red line…that is the enemy line. This blue line down here is our line. When this blue line moves up to here, beyond the enemy line, the missions will stop." Late that night, Yossarian sneaks into the Colonel's office and moves the blue line on the map up beyond the red line. Of course, the missions only got raised…it was a futile gesture. This is about what removing the flag will accomplish…the rabble will only cry louder. I can't believe that so many people are so stupid.

Dialogue said...

"Dixie" and "Dixieland" simply refer to the distinct people and culture of the American South, right? If we start eradicating all references to the distinct people of the South, then that would surely constitute cultural genocide. The poor Whites of the Southern mountains and rural lowlands have long been subject to humiliation by the entertainment media. Wealthy White Southerners, the sort who once kept Blacks in bondage and later imposed and maintained Segregation of God's diverse children, even participate in this "anti-Dixieland" effort.

Is there a similar effort to eradicate reminders of Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, English and Italian cultures, which for so long sought to segregate Jews and Gypsies, initiated the slave trade, and conquered vast territories in the name of imperialism?

Angry Augustinian said...

You also have to look at the bigger picture…this is just a part of the Leftist effort to erase culture and heritage..individualism…in order to bring everyone in under the big egalitarian, monolithic government culture. These sniveling ninnies know damn well that removing the flag will stop absolutely no violence nor change the mind of one racist…but, it is another chink in the wall of states' rights, individualism, and freedom of speech and expression. The spineless, gelded Republicans that support them are just as evil.

Anonymous said...

Now Mitch Mcconell of Kentucky wants to take down the statue of President Jefferson Davis in his homestate of Kentucky, these politicians make me sick they see which way the wind is blowing and bam, they cave in to save their own hides. What is next? Take county, schools, roads, parks, mounuments to the over 400,000 Confederate war dead and re-name and destroy them all??? Enough already take a stand already, it is to the point where anything we say or do is offensive or considered a hate crime, the time has come to stop this Marxist takeover.

Anonymous said...

CNN host suggests taking down Thomas Jefferson Memorial because he owned slaves. The founder of the Democrat Party.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

The Dixie Crystals logo was redesigned years ago. Although there is a faint echo of the old "Stars and Bars" image, the redesigned logo works well. I haven't heard anyone suggesting that "Dixie" be dropped from the brand name.

Anonymous 2 said...

Flags seem to be a distinctive symbol. If they weren’t, why are some commenters so upset about the issue? And why do so many people become upset at the thought of desecrating Old Glory? Moreover, flags can become a personal symbol in way that other memorials cannot. Can you imagine Jolly Angry wearing a statue of Jefferson Davis at the beach? (Actually I am enjoying this image).

Anonymous 2 said...

P.S. To express the thought more forcefully I should have said “an ubiquitously visible personal symbol.”

Anonymous 2 said...

Father McDonald:

Is there some way to improve the robot screener? I keep on failing. The images are often so unclear that I feel like George Carlin peering into his fridge.

Angry Augustinian said...

Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are worthless RINO's who are greater enemies to the Republican Party than Obama.

Square, Uncool Catholic said...

It seems to me that whatever our past is, we need to own it--not cleanse it.

In the 1950's the radio show Amos n' Andy was brought to television. The for years, CBS kept the shows locked up because they feared offending some with the show's racist stereotypes. In cartoons we had Coal Black an de Sebben Dwarfs, which also dealt in stereotypes. We had WWII cartoons like You're A Sap Mr. Jap and Tokyo Jokyo. Disney studios gave us Song of the South.

SO WHAT?


These are all reflections of what our culture was at a given time. Instead of hiding it, pretending it never existed, or "protecting" viewers from the "dangerous" content of these shows, we should just own it. Most people don't think that way any more and it's amusing to see how we once were.

I don't remember hearing any complaints about films with titles like White Men Can't Jump. Comedians like Chris Rock have a license to smear white people with all the stereotypes he likes. Richard Pryor did the same. And guess what? It's funny a lot of the time.

The whole politically correct regimen of race has gone beyond ridiculous. White people, Black People, Asians, Hispanics and every other ethnic variety are in grave danger of never learning to laugh at themselves or forgetting how.

Likewise the history of the Confederacy (I am not a southerner by birth) is complex. While slavery was a driving issue in the Civil War, there was a lot more to it than the simplistic race-driven drivel we are being re-educated to believe. So leave it alone. Let's just own it.

If some good old boy wants to put a confederate flag sticker on the back of his pickup truck, so what? In today's world, he's just as likely to be best friends with his black neighbor as not.

We can't deny the past. WE MIGHT AS WELL OWN IT.

John Nolan said...

The flag of Scotland is a white saltire on a blue field. No red in it at all.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

I have no control over the security things as it all comes from blogspot in some mysterious way.

Paul said...

In elementary and middle school during the 70's the occasional film shown during class were proceeded by the song "Dixie". Film, how quaint.

Scrubbing and rewriting history is never a good thing because, at the root, someone wants to tell a Lie. Symbols and reminders of hate, though offensive, serve as a witness and keep us all vigilant. Are people forgetting the "Solid South", comprised of racist Southern Democrats that promoted segregation, blocked voting rights and school integration for decades? I wonder if that part of history is now taught in schools? What say Democrats? Who is championing the scrubbing? No prizes for guessing.

Post-War Germany embarked on a process of "de-Nazification" scrubbing the Swastika from every building, monument and forbid its display in public. Did that stop antisemitism? Nope. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strafgesetzbuch_section_86a

Angry Augustinian said...

This is nothing but Marxist "cultural cleansing" and needs to be resisted. It isn't just the South…it will come to your town and region, as well. Big government is an evil beyond all evils. Are any of you old enough to remember when this country was free?

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Anon 2 - Maybe you just don't know sushi like we know sushi....

Dialogue said...

We need to work for an end to racism in all its forms. We also need to work for mutual respect among the various ethnic groups of the USA, including the British descendants who settled in the American South.

Joseph Johnson said...

I meant to say that the Scottish flag was a white diagonal cross on a blue background. This cross is incorporated in the U.K.'s Union Jack as well (in earlier times it did not have the red stripes over the white saltire).

Dialogue said...

There are Southerners, especially Presbyterians, who fly the Scottish St. Andrew flag. Perhaps a less controversial variant of it, like that of Nova Scotia, should be adopted for the South.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Here is the flag of Nova Scotia:
http://www3.sympatico.ca/goweezer/canada/flagNS.htm

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Over correction? I do think there is a hysterical over-correction taking place with things Confederate. Especially the idea of changing names of streets, buildings and the like named after famous confederate personalities as well as taking down confederate monuments honoring the war dead and the like--this is a radicalization of cultural cleansing. I have no problem placing Confederate flags on the graves of confederate soldiers to honor their sacrifice.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

If we're going to change street names, let's start by limiting street names to last names only. Washington Avenue, Lincoln St, Jefferson St were enough to honor presidents. Do we have to call streets today "Romuald 'Rommie' P. Bordelon, Jr" Way to honor the long time head of the water department?

Lefebvrian said...

Remember that time the United States government put Japanese-Americans in concentration camps? Perhaps we should take down the American flag so as not to offend the Japanese-Americans.

Instead of rewriting history and removing mere symbols, we should work harder to combat the actual ideologies. Surely we would all rather I eradicate racism while still flying the "Confederate" flag than to remove the flag but have racism.

And who takes racists seriously anyway? Race is a completely social construct that, like all social constructs, is fungible according to time and place. In other words, racism is ridiculous, and it should be treated with the contempt accorded all ridiculous ideologies. It's symbols, such as the Confederate flag, should be co-opted by those who want to exalt our history of settling racial differences together, as a vestige of what we have overcome as a society working together, but recognizing the work still to be done.

The whole debate is ridiculous political pandering by a bunch of wimps trying to gather votes from the masses whose attention span is limited to 140 characters and Daily Show sound bites.

Dialogue said...

So, dear Father Kavanaugh, the many streets named "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd." would become "King Street"?

Dialogue said...

Lefebvrian,

You're forgetting about the aboriginal Americans. Their plight certainly justifies not only removal of the US flag, but dissolution of the USA.

Similarly, England should be dissolved for its occupation of Ireland, France dissolved for its occupation of Algeria, Morocco for its association with the conquest of Spain, etc. Germany should be divided up between Switzerland and Poland. Italy should be divided between Croatia and Malta. Etc. Every nation-state associated with injustice should be brought to an end, with symbols of it's existence removed from public view.

Anonymous said...

Lefebvrien - I'm sure the 9 Blacks who were killed in Charleston by a White man who hated them because of their race would dispute, if they could, your suggestion that "racism is ridiculous." In this case, if was not ridiculous, but deadly.

Lefebvrian said...

Anonymous, I hope you're ears weren't hurt when the point of my post went whizzing by...