Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Dixie Died Last Night

The Old Confederacy finally went down in flames. It did not go out with a bang or even with a whimper. It just sat down quietly and died. For those of us in the Deep South, particularly those of us raised here, last night was a monumental night. The world changed, tilted, and ended up topsy turvy. I am, of course, speaking of the election of Barack Obama as President. You see, no matter what side of the issue you are on, the election of a black man as President has rocked the South.

Virginia and Florida turned blue last night. North Carolina, Missouri and Georgia are too close to call at this point. Unprecedented numbers of minority and young voters turned out to vote yesterday. There was a sea of young and non-white faces at my polling station yesterday. It has long been said that this day would never come, that Dixie could never get over their prejudice to this extent. We still bear the scars of slavery, of segregation, of racial hatred and civil rights violations. The reminders are everywhere, from the Civil War battlefield markers to the ‘Colored’ signs that still hangs in some bus stations.

But last night, the Old Confederacy died. It cracked into a thousand pieces, courtesy of a charismatic black man from Hawaii. Oh, there will still be prejudice. And there will be a backlash from the white supremacists. But the tide has turned, and as the older generation dies off the younger will grow never knowing any different.

You should have seen the parties last night, both here and around the south. They took to the streets in Atlanta, Florida and other places. There was an impromptu rally in front of the White House itself. You could see the future there –a mixture of white, black, and brown faces that represented the future of this country. Then you could look at the Biltmore in Phoenix and see the past in the McCain crowd –a solid mass of well-to-do white people. Rather angry after the results came in, at that.

History was made last night. Dixie died, and the future was born.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said.
The headlines on MSN said "Black man elected">
A sad commentary.
The headlines in 2004 did not say
"Another White Lunatic elected"
Perhaps they should have.
Now Palin can go back to Alaska and fire all those that did not support her and hers.
The South shall rise again seems more distant. Justifiably so.

11/05/2008 9:11 AM  
Blogger Jacques de Beaufort said...

I was also struck by the 3 reich quality of that McCain crowd.

I wen't to sleep happy, but awoke around 3:30 on a panic, feeling all the fear and hate that this transition is stirring in the disaffected.

I truly fear for the safety of our president elect, and fear even more for the terrors that would be unleashed should he be assasinated.

11/05/2008 11:35 AM  
Anonymous murph said...

ras,

Indeed, the South took a blow with this election. If Obama manages to survive and despite whatever policies he pursues, there will be some kind of backlash. The depth and breadth are in question.

I've had presented to me several months ago that if Obama is elected, the blacks will push to take over the country, and the limp wristed liberals will take all our guns away or make it impossible to shoot anything as a civilian. Dire warnings delivered with a straight face and and near panicking voice. A lot of that kind of emotion out there.

11/05/2008 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too was bolt upright at 3:30 A.M.

Be prepared for some PTCSD. Post Traumatic Campaign Disorder from the bigots, and fundamentalists. Their black hole just got smaller.

Project LOVE. Our planet is entering the blessed realm of seeing all people as humans without bias of skin color.

ABOUT TIME!!!

11/05/2008 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Murph

Dire warnings delivered with a straight face and and near panicking voice.
????????????????????????????????
limp wristed liberals
????????????????????????????????
Come on man (slap, slap) wakeup.
Your prejudices are showing.
Race is only a factor in the mind of a racist.
The south did not take a blow last night. The south may have been told to grow up, but surely nobody hit them.
Just so you will sleep better tonight, consider this, 220 million of the 300 million people in this country will go to bed tonight without a gun in the house.
The bullets in my 20ga. are thirty years old and I doubt that they would scare a rabbit.
Obama or McCain. I suggest that it makes little differance. The President has not ran this country in decades, if ever. They die if they step out of line.
It will not be a racist bullet that kills Obama, unless of course the PTB decide to use one.
Do not forget, the vast majority of voters in this country voted for apathy last night. They were annoyed that their favorite reaity shows were being upstaged by all that "democracy" bull &*^%. Not realizing that they were actually viewing a major reality show in action that they could have been actors in.
Nothing personal Murph. Just another stupid opinion to chew on. I already know that I am a stupid-ass so don't bother. Unless of course it makes you feel better,

Raz have you visited the ringing cedars book series yet?

:)(:

11/05/2008 3:44 PM  
Blogger Kati said...

In talking through my daughter's history lesson this morning slavery was mentioned, and I took the opportunity to talk about how for hundreds of years, and too many generations, black people have lived in the shadow of that slavery, even though they're free now. (Not saying THEY held onto it, necessarily, but that it's been an overshadowing part of our history.) With Barack Obama's election, the African-American portion of our country finally has a president who's face holds the same history they see in the mirror every day. Now, I'm a "white girl" with a "WASP" ancestry, but I'm proud to see a man in office who can bring our country from Black and White, to "American". I hope he also ties together the republican and democrat.

And I hope that in the next few elections we can see a woman president who can represent that particular demographic. (BUT, that doesn't mean I want that woman to be EITHER Hilary Clinton OR Sarah Palin. Give me Barbara Boxer or some other woman as president. And, as an Alaskan who voted for SP for governor, seeing how she's conducted herself as Vice-Pres. Candidate, I won't be voting for her again.)

It felt incredible to me, with no REAL understanding of what African-American folks in our country have been through as individuals and as a certain "demographic" that we can see a black man so overwhelmingly elected by such a broad range of people. It's made me very happy. (And yeah, I still have my qualms about some of his stances on an issue or two, but better Barack Obama than McCain.) And very hopeful that we're finally putting color behind us, as a nation.

11/07/2008 5:32 PM  

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