I was in 3rd grade when Georgia changed her flag around the turn of the century. I did not fully comprehend the abstract ideas of contemporary politics at that time, but what I did understand was respect for our ancestors and our flag – ideals my father had instilled in me growing up. The day the flag changed was the day that I began to understand what our people faced. The issue can be summed up in several different ways, but it can be condensed into one simple word: tyranny.
Fast forward two decades later, and it is quite easy to be discouraged these days, especially because the tyranny still endures. From the complete lack of regard for the sacrifices of our ancestors to the blatant degeneration of Christian values, the prevailing 21st century view of history and society is diametrically opposed to our way of life and is the antithesis of any civilized land. The federal government, facilitated by their useful idiots on the streets of the main cities, are not satisfied with just taking down one flag or one monument, but to completely eradicate the tributes to our forefathers’ Cause, as well as, the very existence of Southerners. This is what they want. However, outside of the cities, they won’t get it.
Residing in Dixie’s urban centers are the modern-day carpetbaggers. They are mostly leftists and communists, or apathetic to the wholesale destruction of the new place they’ve decided to pitch their tent. They’ve encroached on our customs and values to varying degrees of success over the past several decades – all leading up to 2020. Now, this slow chipping away of what makes the South THE South has cultivated into a toxic and rabid hatred of everything Southern (minus the food, of course). This is what they want, but you can’t always get what you want.
Indeed, it is so easy to be discouraged in the present day, but there is still reason for optimism in Dixie. Whenever one leaves the cesspool of urbanization, they find themselves in what I simply call the “Majority South”: the rural, traditional communities that make up nearly the entire South. Traveling is something that I enjoy, but not to the typical destinations most tourists might. Instead, I travel to the abundant pockets that would make any true Southern patriot feel right at home. The kind of place where pleasantries are still paramount and the battle flag flutters freely. In 2020, these places still exist and they are still very much prevalent. The liberal media would like for you to think differently, that somehow their ideas are transcending an entire nation. The reality is their ideas weaken whenever you leave the city limits.
Urban and rural: two societies that have been pitted against each other throughout history. And, today is no different.
Urban areas obviously control the main media narratives of the day. If I lived in Europe, I would be completely unaware of the rural way of life in America. I would think that it is a quaint thing of the past. This includes folks who are my age and a little bit younger. The caricature of the millennial is true in many respects, but there are still many Southern men within my demographic who live freely and respect the values of their forefathers. Today might be the worst time ever for Southern expression, but these country boys aren’t running low on their resolve to continue to live the Southern way of life. You rarely see rioting and looting in these places. If Antifa were as brave they pretend to be on Twitter, they’d take their revolutionary spirit to the backwoods. They won’t though – there’s an actual resistance to rioting and looting in the countryside.
It is in this spirit that I find optimism for the future. I believe that when the “great fracturing” of the U.S. does come, whether it will be 25, 50, or a full 100 years from now, our people will continue to live in the same lands and believe in the same ideas. The tyranny imposed upon our people is something we have and will endure going into the future.
They want us gone, but it won’t be as easy as they think.
This post originally appeared at Identity Dixie on Sept. 16, 2020.