Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

May 11, 2013

Morgan: Red scare

McCarthy had nothing on the PC police

By Ron Morgan
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Not all issues are black and white. Not everything is cut and dried, truth or lies, right or wrong. Some things are red, and the Politically Correct (PC) police don’t like it one bit. In fact, they dare anyone to cross that red line (some say a red line in the sand, but that’s mixing their historical metaphors since William B. Travis drew a line in the sand at the Alamo, but it wasn’t red.).

The controversy over the nickname for the Washington D. C.’s NFL entry has reared its ugly head yet again. The PC police want Dan Snyder to lose the moniker Redskins. They say it’s offensive to Native Americans. Note that I didn’t use the term Indian, since that is now officially banned (except in Cleveland, but they’d better be prepared. How about the Cleveland Indigenous Americans? Or the Atlanta Aboriginals?).

If the name Redskins is banned because it defames a particular group, then who’s next?  Doesn’t the term “Fighting Irish” place a label on a particular nationality?  Those of French/Acadian extraction from South Louisiana should be insulted by the University of Louisiana Lafayette mascot, the “Ragin’ Cajun.” If I were Troy Landry or any other alligator hunter from the swamps of Louisiana, I’d be up in arms (unless a gator had already taken those arms).

What about nicknames that insult by omission? We have the Oklahoma Sooners, now don’t we? Just how do you think the Okie procrastinators feel?  Longhorns? What about the self image of polled Herefords? Aggie sounds like a name from my grandmother’s generation. Should grannies feel put upon?

If you think Senator Joe McCarthy was on a red hunt, he had nothing on the PC police. In Arizona a high school, in an attempt to spoof the popular “Duck Dynasty” series decided to have a Redneck Day. I know.  I know. How could taking on a family oriented, praying, wholesome group upset anyone?  Guess.

The vice president of the East Valley NAACP said he was sitting praying and crying. He said, “We all know the connotation of ‘redneck’” No, Reverend, we don’t all know that connotation.  The stars of “Duck Dynasty” celebrate their redneckness. I doubt that the reverend has ever watched the show.  If he knew anything at all about the Robertson family, he’d know that Duck Commander CEO, Willie Robertson and his wife Korie have an adopted bi-racial son. Being a redneck does not equate to being a racist.

Some went so far as to say that some students might have a lineage coming from Appalachia, and the term might be offensive to them.  That shows you just how smart the PC police are. In Appalachia and/or the Ozarks, the term is “hillbilly”, as in Uncle Jed and Granny.  The term redneck refers to poor farmers in the Southeast.  

Most of my ancestors came to Texas from Alabama and Tennessee, about as Southeast as you can get.  As far back as I can trace, my ancestors were farmers of the poor variety. In fact, my dad was a share cropper. If being a redneck is akin to being in a fraternity or a sorority, then by legacy, I’m a redneck (which, by the way, I have never denied.)

Of course, the members of the PC police that I’m aware of tend to be from the end of the political spectrum that shades toward the color red (Oh, come on. You know. The left wing.)  They probably don’t like that fact that rednecks tend to be gun toting, conservative bible thumpers. If they knew much at all, they would realize that the original poor southeastern farmers were democrats.

To borrow a concept from Jeff Foxworthy, “You might be an idiot if… you see bias in every term you encounter.”  Are you seeing red yet?