Here’s another story for the “post-racial America is a fallacy” files. A majority white school board crowd in Georgia booed the NAACP for having the audacity to ask that a pro-slavery song and a Confederate soldier mascot (which carries a Confederate flag) to stop being used by the local high school.
Reports Raw Story:
According the WTOC, over 500 people showed up at the Effingham County High School Board meeting on Tuesday to debate whether the school should stop using a Confederate soldier mascot and the pro-slavery anthem “Dixie” as a fight song.
“We have come to make a petition to right the wrong that should have been corrected 60 years ago,” Effingham NAACP President Leroy Lloyd announced in front of the rowdy crowd.
Also speaking on behalf of the NAACP, First Union Baptist Church Pastor Franklin Blanks, Jr. asked the school board to respect all citizens.
“We asked that you discontinue the use of Dixie as a school fight song,” Blanks said, sending the crowd into an uproar.
“You try to erase my heritage, you try to erase anything that you think is racist,” one supporter of the Confederate symbols told Blanks. “But the whole time you were over here, sir, I apologize, but everything you said was racist.”
That sentiment earned a standing ovation from the mostly-white audience.
What were the grades of these attendees in History class? Clearly they must not be aware that the Confederacy lost the Civil War and that holding onto racist relics isn’t the best way to flourish in life.
Peep footage of the meeting below.