Says it all, really.
I have pointed out the consequences of measurements showing that the South is shifting on race and other social issues by about 2% annually. We are within 15-20 years of the entire South tipping politically. It is just a matter of finding the right candidates to challenge the Good Old White Boys incumbent power structure. As in the Governor's race in Alabama, where the Black candidate, Artur Davis, is ahead in the polls for next year.
Here's the occasion for the kerfuffle.
The KKK gathered at Ole Miss today to protest the University chancellor's decision to remove "From Dixie with Love" from the school band's song list. The song had drawn controversy because some fans chanted "the South will rise again" when it was played at Ole Miss football games.
And how it played out. Ten or a dozen Klansmen in fancy robes vs. about 250 students. (AP estimate)
The real story of the day was the students, faculty, staff and alumni who gathered peacefully and read the University's creed in unison repeatedly a few hundred feet from where the Klan had gathered. Organized by One Mississippi, a student group working towards greater social integration at Ole Miss, protesters wore shirts that said "TURN YOUR BACK ON HATE... (I live by the UM Creed)" and stickers with one simple word: "Unity." Before and after the rally, they talked to fans in town for the game about their message and plan to make their way through the 10-acre, park-like Grove, passing out copies of the UM creed to fans.
Today, the members of the real Ole Miss family were not afraid to show their faces. They were not afraid of the Klansmen. They stood with their backs to them. They stood together to say with one voice that Ole Miss "believe(s) in respect for the dignity of each person." They stood as the leaders of a new Mississippi, a Mississippi that her citizens and a nation can be proud of.
I am proud.
Now how about a nice slice of supersweet Southern pecan pie? Or perhaps peach? Would you like iced tea with that?