When you try to be better about racism but decide you're not really about that life: an American story.
In today's chapter, we go to Franklin Township in Ohio. Now, if you consult your history books, you'll find that Ohio was a Union state during the Civil War. Which makes the fact that the township installed a marker in 1927 honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee all the more peculiar. [...]
Because fools and their Confederate monuments are not soon parted, the Lee monument will be returned to be reinstalled and rededicated. The city of Franklin will also throw in $2,000 to pay for damages sustained during the removal of the marker's plaque.
"In loving memory of Robert E. Lee," the plaque reads. "And to mark the route of the Dixie Highway."
Ah, the Dixie Highway. It's never really far, is it?
True, but I was used to it being a little farther south of the Manson-Nixon line than this.
Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.
There’s a Dixie Highway in Michigan, too, north of Detroit.
Dixie Highway goes all the way from Detroit to Miami, just like Interstate 75....but different.
As climate change intensifies, Mason-Dixon migrates north.
Maybe the warming earth will disrupt its mating and reproduction cycle, and we'll see a drop-off in birth rates to below-replacement levels.
This snippet from the article is the best:
“I think they should just leave things alone,” said Judy Vullen, who’s lived in Franklin for 45 years and didn’t know the monument existed until it was removed last weekend. ..."
Thermite will fix so many problems
As I tell everyone: Ohio is a great place to be from.
As far the fuck from as possible.
My dear yinzer, don't act too innocent. The region of your own legendary origins, shrouded in mystery, is not so - uh - far from Ohio.
What's that got to do with anything?
The Ohio story reinforces that thing where rabid racism is said to be less than ubiquitous throughout the country; or where it is said to be spreading rather than just coming to the fore.
You know what would have stopped anyone from talking about "The Ohio Thing" though? Not putting back a statue of a slaver.
> Not putting back a statue of a slaver.
Yes, mine was a lame gambit in the thread. I'm (fellow yinzer) still in some shock about stories I've learned as an adult about some of what was going on when I was a kid.