Friday, June 24, 2011

Did You Know (or Care): S'more about the South

I've never been one to mince words about my region.  I embrace every bit of the South and accept it as being equal, at the very least, to the culture of all others.  Expanding any further on this point would invite a diatribe that most wouldn't bother reading anyway.  With that in mind...

* The Depression-era gangster George Kelly Barnes – aka, "Machine Gun" Kelly – was born here in Memphis to a wealthy family in 1895.  He graduated from Central High School and attended Mississippi State University for a time before dropping out.  Perhaps the most infamous criminal during the time of Prohibition, he spent the final 21 years of his life in prison, including a 17-year stint in Alcatraz.  He died on his 59th birthday.

* Beauregard, Alabama is a town of nearly 15,000 people located near Auburn University.  Named for General Pierre G.T. Beauregard ("The Hero of Fort Sumter" and the fifth-most senior general in the Confederate Army), both Auburn and Beauregard are situated in Lee County, which, of course, is named for General Robert Edward Lee.  And this, at present, is the only positive thing I have to say about Auburn.

* For over 60 years, before the mascot for Elon University became the Phoenix, Elon College in central North Carolina was fronted by the Fighting Christians.  The name change, accoriding to Wikipedia (via an uncredited source), resulted in 1999 because "many did not feel that the nickname was universal enough for a team making the transition to Division I athletics."

Translation: Any delineation of the Christians who founded the school, like most of the institutions of higher learning in our nation, are no longer acceptable because multiculturalism, and their ideological philosophies, now rule the roost.

To hell with their stupid labels.  I'll gladly root for the Christians.

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