It’s doubtful that the members of the raucous, rockin’ country music group Dixie Chicks think of themselves as racially divisive because of the band’s name. True, some twelve years ago, the Dixie Chicks created quite a stir when — between songs on a London stage — they criticized President George W. Bush for his Iraq War policy. But that controversial blast in the past certainly had nothing to do with race.
It’s also highly doubtful that the Dixie Paper Products company is a racist outfit. The makers of popular cups, plates, and bowls has never, as far as anyone knows, printed racially divisive slogans on its paper goods or advocated for anti-black programs.
Then there’s the marijuana-focused company called Dixie Elixirs + Edibles, which claims that it’s “the trusted source for innovative, safe, effective and delicious cannabis products….” Again, not likely that Dixie in the name of this cannabis company — which has stores all around the Denver area — has any association with anything that’s racially divisive.
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But what about the word “Dixie” in the name of the long-running Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem, N.C.? Should that word, which some apparently find offensive and divisive, be removed from the fair’s name? Believe it or not, there’s talk about doing just that as the next Dixie Classic approaches in October.
The term Dixie, of course, generally refers to the U.S. southern states, especially those that seceded from the Union prior to the Civil War. It’s in that context that this latest stir over Southern heritage and symbolism has popped up.
By clicking on the video above, you can see a report from Winston-Salem TV station WFMY on the Dixie dustup that’s erupted in the wake of the controversy over public display of the Confederate flag and other symbols of the Confederacy.
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