The South May Change, But I Won't, Ever The South May Change, But I Won't, Ever

The South May Change, But I Won't, Ever
I found this several years ago in the newspaper. Lewis Grizzard was one of my favorite personalities and I miss his editorials very much. The South May Change, But I Won't, Ever I don't care what they do to the Georgia state flag, the subject of so much controversy because it has the Confederate battle flag on it. They can put a big peach on the thing as far as I am concerned. They can put Deion Sanders' smiling face on it. And let it be known that the opponents of the flag, with its reminiscence of the Confederacy, will bring down that flag. One way or the other, color it red, white, blue and gone. It's politically incorrect and all the things that are deemed such have no future in this country. We elected Hillary Rodham Clinton and the ban on the gays in the military will be lifted. It's a done deal. Like it or not, the Georgia state flag has no chance, either. The issue on my mind is white Southerners like myself. I read a piece on the op-ed page of a local paper written by somebody who, in the jargon of my past, "ain't from around here." He wrote white Southerners are always looking back and that we should look forward. He said that about me. I'm looking back? I live in one of the most progressive cities in the world. We built a subway to make Yankees feel at home. And I live in a region the rest of the country can't wait to move to.A friend, also a native Southerner who shares my anger about the constant belittling of our kind and our place in this world, put it this way: "Nobody is going into an Atlanta bar tonight celebrating because they've just been transferred to New Jersey. "Damn straight. I was in my doctor's office in Atlanta. One of the women who works there, a transplanted Northerner, asked how I pronounced the word "siren."I said I pronounced it "si-reen." I was half kidding, but that is the way I heard the word pronounced when I was a child. The woman laughed and said, "You Southerners really crack me up. You have a language all your own." Yeah we do. If you don't like it, go back home and stick your head in a snowbank. They tell us how to speak, how to live, what to eat, what to think and they also want to tell us how they used to do it back in Buffalo. Buffalo? What was the score? A hundred and ten to zip. The man was writing about the bumper sticker that shows the old Confederate soldier and he's saying, "FERGIT HELL!"I don't go around sulking about the fact that the South lost the Civil War. But I am aware that once upon a long time ago, a group of Americans saw fit to rebel against what they thought was an overbearing federal government. There is no record anywhere that indicates anybody in my family living in 1861 owned slaves. As a matter of fact I come from a long line of sharecroppers, horse thieves and used car dealers. But a few of them fought anyway, not to keep their slaves, because they didn't have any. I guess they simply thought it was the right thing to do at the time. Whatever the reason there was a citizenry that once saw fit to fight and die and I come from all that. I look at those people as brave and gallant and a frightful force until their hearts and their lands were burnt away. - Lewis Grizzard -

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