Posted On: Tuesday - May 10th 2022 5:09PM MST
In Topics:   Music  Southern rock  Holiday from Stupidity
That's today in certain States. Other than anonymously on the internet, it takes a brave Southerner nowadays just to mention, much less celebrate, the holiday.
I saw a quick blurb about this in a John Derbyshire post. One of the websites (here) that popped up with information about this holiday tells us that the State of South Carolina celebrates this day. (There's some confusion as TODAY is May 10th, yet the article says the State Gov workers "will be back on Tuesday". I think that's the usual thing to give them a 3-day weekend.) Then, a bill in the SC legislature - passed by the Senate, but in committee in the House* - will allow the workers to pick this Juneteenth thing, or any other day. Well, any other day is fair - maybe the White people can be so bold as to all pick Confederate Memorial Day.
Well, we missed marking Alabama's or Mississippi's holiday, so Peak Stupidity will celebrate today, at least by mentioning it. From the article:
South Carolina chose May 10 because it is the day when Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died in 1863 after he was wounded by his own troops and the day Union soldiers captured fleeing Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Georgia in 1865.
It's all so long ago now. For the older of the Baby Boomers, if they are still cognizant in a decade and a half, the War of Northern Aggression will be as long ago for them as the American Revolution was for them when they were learning about it in Kindergarten.
Going back only 48 years here, America was not ashamed of the South, and Southerners were not ashamed of their heritage or maybe it's just afraid to celebrated it now. Rebel flags were everywhere, even on the front bumpers of a few black guys muscle cars (seen it myself).
This old Charlie Daniels Band song, The South's Gonna Do It Again, was not about a resurgence of The Confederacy per se, but just a period of good music from The South. That was indeed the case, for arguably 5-10 years after this song, it being dubbed Southern Rock. It didn't last, as music got worse in general, but also the pride in Southern heritage was slowly quashed over the last few decades.
Even 30 years ago, Southern heritage and pride (and the Rebel Flag) had not been dubbed "NOT OK!" yet. This one is no Southern Rock song, but more of a folk song, and not from your typical Southerners. The Southland in the Springtime was written and performed by 2 lesbians from the Athens, Georgia music scene, The Indigo Girls.
When God made me born a Yankee, he was teasin'.
I bet there is some good cider up in Helen and up Mr. Adam Smith's way.
We just were at the other end of the next county on a country road a few days ago. This one house had 2 Gadsden flags, 2 Rebel flags and one "Fuck Biden" flag out front. There's still some spirit among us!
PS: The CDB song refers to a bunch of contemporary Southern musicians:
Grinderswitch is the only one I'd never heard of.
The Marshall Tucker Band
Charlie Daniels Band (well, yeah...)
Then Indigo Girls were Emily Saliers (the higher voice) and Amy Ray (the low voice). Southland in the Springtime was from their 2nd album, Nomads, Indians, Saints, the name of which comes from the lyrics of the excellent song World Falls.
* "... and will likely die ..." GOOD!