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Thread #60936 Message #976636
Posted By: Frankham
04-Jul-03 - 10:11 AM
Thread Name: Why is 'Dixie' considered racist?
Subject: RE: Why is 'Dixie' considered racist?
Dixie's origins are still in question but Daniel Emmett wrote it for a walkaround in New York as stated above. Here's the deal. The Ku Klux Klan appropriated the song after it was stolen by a New Orleans publisher (Schultz, I think). The "old times there" was reinterpreted by racists in the South. The song was originally a nonsense song as many of the early Minstrel Show songs were. The tune is quite good but one must compare this song to the "Wesselhorst" song of the Nazi's. They are both reinterpreted as was "Deutschland Uber Alles".
One of the other things that would be offensive understandably to African-Americans is it's Minstrel Show origins.
But interesting about Dixie is that there were Northern versions against the South as there were Southern versions of "Rally Round the Flag". Maybe the way to bring Dixie to acceptance in the black community would be to do the Northern version of the song written by supporters of the Union troops.