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Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


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I never knew that Dixie State College is in Utah.








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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


I've never heard the word dixie used with racial meaning.

Then again, I don't know that I ever hear anybody actually say the word dixie for any reason






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JAMAC2001
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


These days I think "Dixie" is most synonymous with disposable plates and cups.





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Mike da Tigah
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


The answer... Stop giving them the time of day. They're warped in the head.





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WildTchoupitoulas
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


The song "Dixie" was, I believe, written by a yankee in New York.

It's also said that the word "Dixie" was coined from riverboat gamblers using 10 dollar notes from New Orleans with "Dix" printed on them. "Dix" is French for "ten", and these notes were referred to as "Dixies".




ETA: From wiki, take it for what it's worth...

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According to tradition, Ohio-born minstrel show composer Daniel Decatur Emmett wrote "Dixie" around 1859.[26] Over his lifetime, Emmett often recounted the story of its composition, and details vary with each account. For example, in various versions of the story, Emmett claimed to have written "Dixie" in a few minutes, in a single night, and over a few days.[27] An 1872 edition of The New York Clipper provides one of the earliest accounts, claiming that on a Saturday night shortly after Emmett had been taken on as songwriter for the Bryant's Minstrels, Jerry Bryant told him they would need a new walkaround by the following Monday. By this account, Emmett shut himself inside his New York flat and wrote the song that Sunday evening.[28]



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I've never heard the word dixie used with racial meaning.

Then again, I don't know that I ever hear anybody actually say the word dixie for any reason

The song "Dixie" is associated with racism, not the word.






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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


No.

Dixie used to be the nickname for New Orleans by the river workers. When they got to New Orleans, they would be paid, in "Dix" and they could drink, get laid, and have fun.

So they would sing a version of the song Dixie that was then rewritten and bastardize to be used to describe the entire south during the turbelent years leading up to the war.


ETA: New Orleans was the most progressive city in the American Continent when it came to race. The color of your skin mattered very little. It was how much money and power you held that was important. And anyone of any color could become rich and powerful.

Then reconstruction happened and the Northern Occupiers stripped the colored citizens of their power. Free Blacks with tons of money and land had both stolen from them. Mixed lost their social status. A shame, really, that the culture of New Orleans was destroyed by outsiders.



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Dark Tiger
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


You must know a different song....

...My Dixie wrecked...






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CSATiger
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


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The song "Dixie" is associated with racism, not the word.


by some people, not by all, or even most






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WildTchoupitoulas
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


Good post, except for this correction:

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Then the Louisiana purchase happened and the Northern Occupiers stripped the colored citizens of their power.






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LSUAlum2001
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


I wish I was in the land of cotton..





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BamaScoop
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


I think it is more synonymous with cups.





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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


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The song "Dixie" is associated with racism, not the word.


by some people, not by all, or even most


True. A few folks, albeit a very few.....need something to bitch about.






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Zach
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


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It's also said that the word "Dixie" was coined from riverboat gamblers using 10 dollar notes from New Orleans with "Dix" printed on them.


Interesting. I always assumed that it came from the line separating the North and South. The Mason Dickson line.






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ChineseBandit58
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


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I always assumed that it came from the line separating the North and South. The Mason Dickson line.

This has been my understanding forever.

Heck - I always thought it was the Mason-Dixon line.






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Zach
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Hey, it was Dixon. I was thinking about the Dickson in 1776.





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beaverfever
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


I've never thought of the word as being associated with racism. It just refers to the old south. If the only thing you associate with the old south is racism then it might be synonymous to you but that would be pretty sad.





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beulahland
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


no





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RhodeIslandRed
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


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The song "Dixie" was, I believe, written by a yankee in New York.

Nope. It was a couple of black guys who owned a roadside inn in Ohio. At night they would put on a minstrel show to entertain their guests and get them to part with more of their cash. The black owners/performers wrote the song for their show.






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RCDfan1950
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re: Has the word Dixie always been synonymous with racism?


More like rebellion against an imposition of a questionable authority. Like when the 'consent of the governed', is ignored.

Persuasion, and education of the electorate should be the duty of elected Representatives. Live and learn.






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