Post # 1
I was listening to “Southern Comfort Zone”, Brad Paisley’s new single. I was astonished by the rampant use of “Dixie” at 3:39 and 4:20. Is this song no longer associated with slavery?
Here is a link to the song: http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plcp&v=du5O2mO9FKk&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Ddu5O2mO9FKk%26feature%3Dplcp
Post # 3
The people who I know who are hard core southerners are not racist. It’s a cultural thing, not a “I hate black people” thing.
Post # 4
i have no idea what you are talking about honestly. i grew up in New England and now live in San Fran area.
Post # 5
But the song itself was originally about a freed slave wanting to return to his plantation. And it was made popular by white minstrels in blackface.
Honestly, I’m just wondering how it’s politically incorrect to say the terms “Indian giver”, “gypped”, or “Indian summer”, but it’s okay to sing Dixie.
Post # 6
I’m Canadian so we don’t exactly have the same history of slavery as the US, but I’ve never really heard of this either. I always just assumed Dixie-land referred to the Southern US.
I think the difference between this and your other examples is that it’s not as much a stereotype related to a particular culture. Ie, that Indians, Jews and Gypsies will rip you off. They’re all more direct.
Post # 7
In Louisiana “dixie” has a different history. It started when the Citizens State Bank in New Orleans issued ten-dollar notes, labeled “Dix”, which is French for “ten”. The notes were known as “Dixies” by English-speaking southerners, and the area around New Orleans and the French-speaking parts of Louisiana came to be known as “Dixieland”. But the term is also used when talking about southern states.
Post # 8
@rubyred605: Dixie is a well known tune swith a catch melody. The refrain is easy to sing, most people know it. Perhaps not everyone knows of the history of it (I didn’t until I just skimmed Google entries) but if you wish to boycott it, you may certainly do so.
If you are offended by it, I think that there are lots of things in our culture to be offended by.
Are you proposing that it be censored? Do you believe that Brad Paisley should have his record removed from the airwaves and form ITunes?