The South will not Rise Again?
If Ole Miss has anything to say about it, the south won’t rise again. At least, not in a way that promotes intolerance and hatred.
One of the most popular fight songs at Mississippi is “From Dixie with Love,” and during part of the tune, fans chant “the South will rise again,” a recent development. In other words, this isn’t a long-standing tradition at the school. Administrators have asked the student body to stop the chant, which some find to be an offensive reference to the intolerance and hatred that was part of southern life for so long.
Ole Miss has worked hard to pull away from anything offensive. They first admitted a black student in 1962, but this led to a bloody standoff between supporters and picketers, ensuring that the school would be associated with the “old South” vibe of the 1800s and early 1900s. A few years ago, they decided to get rid of such a heavy use of their mascot, Colonel Rebel, who looked like an old white plantation owner (see right), though I’m told that he still makes appearances. While the school’s mascot is still the “rebel,” even the student government is calling for an end to the chant. In fact, earlier this month the Associated Student Body proposed changing it to “To Hell with LSU.”
I like it.