The NFL and the Confederacy

By Jeff Thomas

Dixie beer?  Let me see.  Maybe I’m tripping.  What exactly is Dixie?  Let’s see hum according to Dictionary.com, Dixie is the Southern U.S. states, especially those that belonged to the Confederate States of America (1860–65).  Dixie was originally the battle song of the Confederate Army.  The song is the Confederate “national anthem”.  So in other words, had the South won, instead of singing “O say can you see” at the beginning of the  Saints football games on Sunday, you would take off your hat, place your hand on your heart and sing, “Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton, Old times there are not forgotten.”  Are you ready for some football?

Cause New Orleans Saints owner and recipient of a myriad of Louisiana state tax breaks and stadium rent concessions and discounts, Tom Benson, has revived the brand celebrated by traitors and slave owners and raised the NFL to new heights of bigotry and amazing tone deafness.  The new Dixie sign in the Superdome is equivalent to flying a Confederate flag in the dome.  That the same league that made the Slap Your Momma spice company change their entire corporate slogan, during a recent SuperBowl even after the company paid over $100,000 for advertising rights is allowing a brand that represents racism and slavery and bigotry free reign at NFL games is telling.

But come on.  This is the new South.  And the commercials say that Dixie beer “brought people together.”  Now around 1907, it is well known that families would come together and gather round a strong tree to watch the latest lynching of an innocent black man.  And what could better to cool you off on a hot Louisiana day than a good cold beer.  And an enterprising young man saw the market and started the Dixie brewing company.  Aww, nothing like a lynching and a cold Dixie beer.

The original labels of the beer had a picture of the Confederate flag.  Remarkably, in a city that inspired the nation to remove Confederate monuments, that the richest man in the state is so removed from the consciousness of the people that he feels ok to raise a Confederate flag in the Dome is inconceivable. That the NFL allows this ignoble homage to the Confederacy to be a part of the NFL brand is indicative of a trend.  The blackballing of Colin Kaperneak might be explained away by his current skill level not being worth the distractions his signing might cause, but a blatantly racist symbol like DIXIE hanging in a NFL stadium is truly an indication of the standardization of bigotry and racism at the highest levels of the NFL.  What’s next – a team with blackface mascots nicknamed the Nig@# Chasers?

The recent protests of the NFL headquarters in New York was centered primarily around the  Colin Kaepernick controversy.  And while the lack of African American head coaches and quarterbacks is reason to protest, the NFL’s nod to slavery and the Confederacy is a real reason to boycott the NFL.  As a big sports fan and American, I look forward to NFL Sunday as much as the next guy.  But if the NFL chooses to support slavery, racism and white supremacy, then I will have to support the Blackout of the NFL.  I’m going to watch some games.  But I will not purchase any products that are advertised during these games.

 

8 thoughts on “The NFL and the Confederacy

  • August 28, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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    Post Katrina the “Saints”,named for this great city,has isolated the culture of NOLA more and more.Replacing the “Brass Bands” with copycat bands(senior citizens,whites)blowing the popular songs of “Hot 8, Soul Rebels,just to name a few. The outrageous hike on beer prices,actually eliminating any chance for the beer man yelling,”Get your cold beer here”,with his bucket around his neck an opportunity to get that tip,it is included in the jacked up prices of the beer.Now the guy has to peddle “Dixie”,Wow.What would happen if we stayed home,stop shopping at the gift shop,stop advertising in our churches,on our jobs, and supporting the homeless with leftover saints shirts, for free advertising. Who Dat says we are Not dat!

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  • August 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    Jeffery had a dream of becoming a journalist, sadly he never developed the skills necessary to achieve that dream, but instead of moving into another field where he could put his limited attributes to use he decided that becoming a third rate hack was better than no hack at all. Lacking the skills necessary to achieve his dream he resorts to inflammatory dishonest race baiting better suited to supermarket tabloids.

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  • August 28, 2017 at 1:25 pm
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    You don’t matter! The Jal are bitching over beer and anything having to do with South and calling it racism is ludicrous. You people need to get lives that do matter and leave us the hell alone!

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  • August 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm
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    A Dixie beer is as common place as a Kleenex. Kleenex has the advantage though because it has nothing to do with the south……maybe. Given a bit of time and some warped reasoning, I’m sure some “progressive” thinker out there will find a connection.

    My family never owned slaves. You never picked cotton. I’ve never been a big fan of the Confederate flag either, but right about now, I feel like flying 20 of them……in Indiana.

    I often wonder, just who these people think they are, just how special they feel they are, where they can deny a man, a region, a way of life, the right to remember their ancestors.

    Now, let’s all just go home and keep our noses out of everybody else’s business.

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  • August 28, 2017 at 2:26 pm
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    It’s a southern beer and people love it. You are pathetic, wanting everything you disagree with considered racist. You are creating racism where there was none. Congrats to you and the last president for that.

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    • September 25, 2017 at 2:42 am
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      Where are the leaders who boldly and successfully got the statues of racism removed from the city of N.O. . There voices are silent . It also amazing how Mr. Benson shows his appreciation for the citizenry of this city by stirring up symbols of racism long dead and buried. Let’s not forget Mr. Benson’s millions were made through the black as well as white citizens of New Orleans during his initial business dealings.

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