The Need for Southern Content

RebelYellFaceSoutherners are, arguably, the most creative of all peoples on the North American continent. We have a love for history and tradition which carries down through the ages like the blood which passes through our veins. It permeates and pulsates in the world around us, yet it is hard for one to put it to words when attempting. It has produced the wondrous and often weird works of Edgar Allen Poe and Flannery O’Connor, the high-minded, civilised solemnities of Augusta Evans Wilson, and the ponderous, poetic passages of Father Abram Ryan and James Ryder Randall. Even the pulp hero Conan the Barbarian finds his roots in the Texan Robert E. Howard.

Lately, however, the world seems to be lacking in Southern content when its need is most pressing. Every day we are inundated with cheap and glitzy Hollywood horrors – a cgi sheen disguising some monstrous and amoral message. Popular literature is largely a wasteland (with the exception of the good folks over at Shotwell Publishing), and it makes one wonder how the tastes of the public could have plummeted so dramatically in the past few decades. Where are the Southern artists and creators? It is they, not any political party, who will first shape the minds and souls of the new generations of the South. It is they who will be carried on in the minds of the people long after that same mind ceases to consider the political polemics in which we necessarily engage.

There are some, like Lewis Liberman at the Abbeville Blog, who recognise the problem and warn accordingly:

To be fair, modern Southerners have certainly made solid attempts to tell great stories about our heroes and history, whether through movies like Copperhead or Gods and Generals. But how such movies resonated with younger and more impressionable audiences might be debatable. Especially when compared with revisionist historical hits like 2012’s Django Unchained, which grossed over $425 million worldwide and featured the story of a man as he violently murdered his way across a predictably “evil” South. Meanwhile, Spielberg’s highly acclaimed Lincoln was much praised for it’s depiction of a “saintly” Abraham Lincoln reigning over nearly a million men, women and children dead – and was nominated for 12 Academy Awards. And while the 2012 flick Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter may not have been well-funded or carefully crafted propaganda of the prior two movies, it still grossed around $115 million domestically and worldwide, and was probably best known for a portrayal of Lincoln once again saving the blessed Union…except this time from a monstrous and blood-thirsty South.

And we wonder why some people are tearing down our veterans monuments, and ironically censoring the beautiful art it represents.

It seems we’ve ceded the favourable ground to the enemy and devoted much of our Southern content to cultivating questionable mudflaps. We need heroes and examples. We need stories.

One recent and ongoing attempt is from the creator ElectricDinosaur. This particular creator has made a Southern superhero, Rebel Yell, complete with a Confederate-flag costume. It’s a comic book aimed at Southerners. The creator attempted to get the project funded through the Kickstarter crowdfunding site, but was met with only ill-will. He relates an email he received from the Kickstarter “Integrity” Team banning his work:

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The fact that they deride ElectricDinosaur for “fail[ing] to meet Kickstarter’s spirit of inclusivity” while banning him for merely showing a flag is both laughable and worrying. You can support ElectricDinosaur’s attempts to get the first issue printed by buying a copy at Freestartr.

There are creators out there. They just need our support. As Liberman concludes:

Hollywood and other leftists have the aesthetic, but their content is usually garbage. Anyone seeking to communicate truth to a large audience needs to have both. And there really is no excuse, because we have the truth – as well as a LOT of talented people in our community. Southern musicians, artists, graphic designers, videographers, photographers, sculptors, game developers, poets, entrepreneurs and more are all more than likely ready and able to help out in trying to find ways to strategize and effectively get what’s true and valuable into our communities, and maybe even the world. So let’s network, roll up our sleeves and get to work! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stonewall Jackson Scholarship: An Example for Today

JacksonStandardBonnieBluePublishing Today is the birthday of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (b. 1824), a man who, if piety was a rivalry, contested that of Lee himself. He was and remains one of the sharpest characters in Southern history. The Alabama Legislature has, since 1955, given rewards for those students who have, with ability and affinity, written upon the great Stonewall Jackson. The 1,500 – 2,500 word essay entries have a placing of 1st through 3rd, with the highest prise being $3,000. All high school seniors are eligible. Take the opportunity if y’all can, and pass the word to students!

“My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death.”

If all that could be gleaned from the man was this one sentence relating his trust in Divine Providence, then assuredly we would know him to be great.

Birthdays and New Beginnings

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Today, the 19th of January, is the birthday of the noble Son of the South, Robert Edward Lee. Born in 1807, Lee would prove in his lifetime to be one of the most capable commanders in military history. But he was not merely a man who mastered the machine of war – rather, he was also a father, a man of immense conviction and character, and a pious and long-suffering person. All of these traits serve as examples to the present, especially when contrasted to the navel-gazing and destructive attitudes of the current age. Lee was, and will remain, a man for all times. The present culture (or lack thereof) may deride him, but all may take solace in knowing that character is not negated by the fanciful and often fanatical attacks by his foes.

And while one should be rightly alarmed at the blatant anti-Southern sentiment which has gripped with hysteria both the new and aged institutions of North and South alike, one cannot allow the venomous hatred which impels these to act to overpower our own good sense. It is the love of the South, its heritage, and its heroes which will prevail. Hatred, without any sort of love to rest upon, will consume itself. Let us pray that we, like Lee, act when the time comes to act, but always bear love towards home and enemy host alike.

The Abbeville Institute (which does not have any affiliation with St Andrew’s News) is hosting a conference upon the implications of the attacks on Confederate monuments. While St Andrew’s News will likely not be in attendance, it is encouraged that any reader do so and support such a laudable institution. The location is in that “cultural crib” of the South, Charleston, South Carolina, on the 24th of February.

Events such as these are needed to re-enculturate Southerners and remind them of who they are and what they are presently losing. If any readers know of any other events, from demonstrations to educational talks, please contact St Andrew’s News so that we may relay the information.

 

Heritage Not Hate: An Effective Meme?

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The much used, though ill-effective, “Heritage Not Hate.”

 

In the storm that has encompassed the South during this Third Reconstruction, many have taken to defending the flags of the South in various ways. One popular phrase in the South immediately springs to mind: “Heritage Not Hate.” Our purpose is to analyse the effectiveness of this slogan.

The greatest problem with “Heritage Not Hate” is that it puts the person propounding it immediately on the defensive. The initiation of any potential debate begins against the person making the statement. For example, we may use the following hypothetical conversation.

Southerner:  “Heritage Not Hate.”

Non-Southerner: “What Heritage? Why is it not hateful?”

Right off the bat, the conversation is turned to attack the very thing being defended. The set-up is very vulnerable, almost begging for an assault. The defender will be spending all their time trying to explain why he is not hateful (or a racist) and why and what heritage is and means to him. This is not an effective slogan at all.

Secondly, the persons attacking the flag already hate the South’s heritage. Not only do they hate the South’s heritage, but they hate the product of the South- us, modern-day Southerners whose very existence prevents the “United States” from becoming the secular, Puritanical “City-on-a-Hill.” They don’t care if our flag’s not hate; it’s opposed to their modern-day bohemianism and thus they hate it. The slogan is effective only amongst other Southern nationals, and thus is “preaching to the choir” and not appropriate for many demonstrations, especially when we are prosecuting against something or someone, like Robert “Scallywag” Bentley.

Thirdly, we need to make it known that the underlying issue is about peoples and not merely flags. The flag of Dixie (the CBF) represents people, and any attack on that flag is an attack on the people it represents (as Mr Steven Ingram said in Florida). Could a Russian tolerate someone attacking his flag? Could an Englishman separate his kin and kith from St George’s Cross? Flags are the embodiments of people.

So what is a Southerner to do? What means could he or she use to more effectively propound the Southern identity? Many alternatives come to mind.

“Stop Cultural Genocide” – This is the most popular of the new memes. Many have used this to great effect, putting forward the attack on the flag as an attack on the people. Even while opponents denounce its validity, they contradict themselves.

“Save the Southern People” – Or an alternative, “Save the South,” once again appeals to an identity exclusive to the South that the flag represents. Opponents would be forced to admit that they hate the South and her people in any assault on the meme.

“Feds Out of Dixie” – A more political meme, this should be used at rallies to make known Southern disagreement with Federal policies and the continuing Federal conquest against the South. It is best used with other memes which focus on Southern identity. By itself, however, it would certainly appeal to many Tenthers and conservatives and open into discussion about secession and its relation to people.

“Yankee Go Home” – This appeals to the Southerner against Yankee transplants and  implicitly puts forth Southern identity (here being opposed to Yankee identity).

The above list is not exhaustive, but is merely meant to offer substitute for the failing slogan “Heritage Not Hate.” We look forward to working more on this issue in the future, especially as more demonstrations are organised across Alabama and Dixie.

Nota Bene: Much of the discussion of memes stems from the work of Mr Michael Cushman. St Andrew’s News is indebted to his work, even if his specific articles on the subject are no longer available.

 

U.S. Response to Jihad?

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It should be an important lesson to Southerners the South over to witness the great disparity in treatment that they have received in comparison to the Islamic community of the United States. While Southern symbols were banned by both Federal and State governments (usually by Scallywag Republicans betraying their voters), the symbols of Islam have been allowed to fly freely. While Southern symbols have been banned by mega-corporations, these same corporations see no problem in representing the signs of Islam.

It is the perfect juxtaposition; the South’s St Andrew’s Cross compared with the Islamic world’s ISIS flag. Both are battle-flags, only one has received public outcry.

The tragedy in Tennessee has served to show Southerners the blind hatred that the U.S. government and media have for their identity. This act was not representative of Islam, they maintain, even while Jihadists slay countless persons in Libya, Nigeria, France, and now Tennessee. While the actions of Roof were solely his own, how can the repeated acts of violence from countless Islamists go without condemnation? Why the double standard to Southerners, the lack of civility?

The lesson? The United States government, indeed, most of the Republican Party, cannot be trusted to treat the South in a fair manner. They would rather see Dixians displaced by men like Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez and witness the horror that follows than allow for the South’s interests to represented. After all, radical relativism and radical Islam are both edges to the same evil sword striking against the South.

Just as the acts of ISIS’ destruction of Assyrian monuments is an affront to the ancient Christian minority there, so also should the U.S. attacks on the South be seen as nothing less than our attempted genocide.

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel for Southern Nationalists?

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel for Southern Nationalists?

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The new novel by Nelle Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman, has garnished a lot of attention from the modern media. Pre-release reviews were a-shock at the new way in which Atticus Finch, an old-time Southern lawyer, is presented. Not surprisingly, they call him a “racist,” for his views on the state, race, and issues of citizenship. Set in the 1950s, Jean Louise Finch (Scout) returns to Maycomb on an annual trip, but discovers the world (or her perceptions of it) changed. Maycomb is locked in a battle, attempting to forestall a coming revolution. Throughout the story (which will surely be a classic), Jean Louise interacts with her kin, from whom she feels increasingly distant. Her father, Atticus, and her uncle, Dr “Jack” Finch, are two pivotal characters.

The book centres around the issue of race- how the South is being affected by the recent Supreme Court decision, and how this is being handled by various persons in the book. Jean Louise, with her progressive sensibilities and sheltered life, struggles to come to grips with Maycomb’s reaction.

Possibly the greatest, most level-headed person in the book is Dr “Jack” Finch. He’s of the old-school line of Southern agrarians (remarking that “some pervert invented machinery”) and offers a Southern nationalist view. Consider his words when talking with Jean Louise:

“Has it never occurred to you—have you never, some where along the line, received vibrations to the effect—that this territory was a separate nation? No matter what its political bonds, a nation with its own people, existing within a nation?”

Jean Louise attempts to defer the issue as a matter solely of history, the defeat of 1865 closing the issue. Again, Dr Finch gets the better of her:

“The remnants of that army (of the Confederacy) had children…They were never destroyed. They were ground into the dirt and up they popped.” (pg. 196)

Atticus, who comes across as that most laudable epitome of Southern stoicism, himself defends the South and her ways. Here are a variety of excerpts dealing with various subjects.

On the SCOTUS: “You mean because the Court said it we must take it? No ,ma’am. I don’t see it that way. If you think that I, for one citizen am going to take it lying down, you’re quite wrong.” (pg. 241)

On race: “Have you ever considered that you can’t have a set of backward people living among people advanced in one kind of civilization and have a social Arcadia?”

On citizenship: “You realize that the vast majority of our Negro population is backward, don’t you? You realize that the vast majority of them here in the South are unable to share fully in the responsibility of citizenship, and why?…But you want them to have all its privileges? (pg. 242)

On Jefferson and citizenship: “A man couldn’t vote simply because he was a man, in Jefferson’s eyes. He had to be a responsible man. A vote was, to Jefferson, a precious privilege…” (pg. 244)

On government: “Yes, I’ll accept being called a snob when it comes to government. I’d like very much to be left alone to manage my own affairs…I’d like my state to be left alone to keep house without advice from the NAACP. (pg. 245)

On race relations: “[C]an you blame the South for resenting being told what to do about its own people who have no idea of its daily problems?” (pg. 247)

The themes or GSAW are certainly more mature, and caution is advised if the book is to be read by younger audiences. The book is almost Southern Gothic in style, with death, dismay, and the somewhat grotesque being presented in a matter-of-fact way. The writing style is easily palatable, but copious amounts of literary references in the book are enough to keep one busy well after the story has ended.

Perhaps this reviewer was just stunned to see the issues of the South laid out for the modern reader by so well a known writer as Nelle Harper Lee, but the book will certainly help spark discussion on the very same issues which continue to afflict the South today. While not perfect, it is certainly a novel that any Southerner could enjoy. And, with its condemnation of the SCOTUS and emphasis on Southern identity, it could come at no better a time.

Mobile Council Sides with U.S. Imperialism?

Imperialism may be defined as one nation extending its power and culture over another’s to the point where the subjugated has little control over its own history or ways, these being supplanted by the conqueror’s narrative. While many good, moral empires have existed (including, but not limited to, the Austrian,  Portuguese, and Spanish Empires), the present-day “United” States would hardly fit into that category. Instead, this Empire sees fit to destroy the history and identity of the very people it claims to represent. Many times it finds useful puppets (like Bentley the Scallywag) to further this end. The Mobile City Council is such a puppet:

 The Mobile City Council voted Tuesday to remove the Confederate flag and other banners from the official seal of city government following complaints that the Old South symbol depicted racism and intolerance.

The 6-0 vote, from which one member abstained, means only the U.S. flag will remain on the seal of the port city. A version of the Confederate national flag and four other historic flags will be taken off.

As the above article relates, only the United States flag will remain on the City of Semme’s seal. This is very telling, showing that these traitors have little interest in preserving Alabama’s Little Rome from the scourges of U.S. Imperialism. The message: we are not Southerners, but “Americans.” While the self-described “progressive” council seeks to be seen as inclusive, it becomes intolerant of the very thing that made it great.

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It is important not to become discouraged by the actions of high-handed individuals like these. While they seek to eradicate us from existence, we should realise that this decision resulted from a vote of seven persons in a city of 200,000 souls- hardly representative.

To drop a quick reminder of who employs whom, you may reach the Mobile City Council at the following number:  Phone: (251) 208-7441