National Public Radio (NPR) published a feature by Matt Largey today describing how the Texas accent is disappearing. In the piece one can hear recordings of Texans from several decades ago. In it, the people sound beautifully Southern and uniquely Texan. Then you can hear the voice of some people in Texas today. The latter people sound completely deracinated. They could come from anywhere in the USA or no place at all.
The feature points to two primary reasons why the Texas accent is disappearing in many parts of the Lone Star State: immigration and shame. The article notes that about 1,000 move to Texas each day. Many of these are Third World immigrants. This is part of the US policy of replacing native populations with Third Worlders. International law (Article II of the Genocide Convention) defines such a policy as genocide, even if it is enforced peacefully rather than violently. As well as bringing in millions of immigrants from the Third World, US policies have encouraged the mass immigration of non-Southerners into Texas. The various housing booms created by the Federal Reserve as well as Federal spending projects and the US educational system have all encouraged this demographic change.
The other way in which the USA is making war on the Texas accent (and thereby undermining the identity and culture of Texans) is by encouraging Texans to be ashamed of the way they talk. The US media does this by making fun of Southerners in general (White Southerners are about the only group in the USA which it is politically-correct to insult on the basis of their ethnicity and culture). The US education system also does this. The Federal Government took over the formerly locally and State-controlled education system in the 1950s and 60s. The effect has been incredibly destructive, ruining Southern schools, especially in urban areas. Southern universities are heavily staffed by non-Southerners, many of whom often hold strong biases against the South (the university in Georgia where I did my graduate work, for example, had no Southerners in the entire history department; the historical and cultural bias of most of those professors was unsurprisingly anti-Southern). Local public schools in many parts of the South are also heavily staffed by non-Southerners, some of whom ‘correct’ Southern children when they speak with a local Southern accent. Notice in the NPR story, for example, how one Texas lady was made to feel embarrassed about her accent and has since make a conscious effort to eliminate it:
Back at Laurel Robertson’s house, she says people laughed at her when she moved from Amarillo to Austin.
“I said see-ment. I said um-brella,” Robertson says. “You know, put that accent on the first syllable. And I had to consciously learn not to do that.”
The city of Austin is full of non-Southern transplants; it is a Leftist mecca in an otherwise traditionalist State. Mrs Robertson was made to feel embarrassed in her own State by outsiders who held a negative view of the Texas accent. Sadly, she made the decision to give up that part of her culture and identity. How many other Southerners have done the same after being ridiculed in the media or by transplants?
Of course, the NPR piece, while correctly noting the forces which are destroying the Texas accent, does not make the connection to the USA itself. It does not note that the immigration is being forced upon Texans. It does not note that the anti-Southern bias is generated by the US media, the US education system and transplants from other parts of the USA. It also does not connect the disappearance of the Texas accent with the disappearance of Texans. This is truly bizarre. If Chinese were being aggressively replaced in China by non-Chinese speaking immigrants would NPR run a story on the disappearance of the Chinese language? Of course, NPR fails to make this connection because of the ideology of its reporters, staff and many of its listeners. Such people believe that anyone who moves to the US is an American and anyone who moves to Texas is a Texan. One will often hear people in the US media with such a mentality speak of ‘new Americans,’ for instance, as if crossing a line on a map and having a piece of government paper defines one’s nationality and identity. This perspective diminishes the importance of ethnicity and culture.
The destructive process described in the NPR feature is not confined to Texas. It is unfortunately happening in many parts of the South. A century and a half of US rule has been a disaster for Southerners. The US media, government and educational system are all harming the culture and identity of Southerners. This process, along with the outright demographic replacement of Texans by Mexicans and other Third World immigrants as well as non-Southern immigrants from elsewhere in the USA, could be stopped if Texas were free and independent of the Federal Government.
If you are interested in helping liberate the Lone Star State and preserve the culture and identity of Texans you can join the Texas Nationalist Movement or the League of the South. Texas is a heavily Republican State and a recent poll shows that a quarter of Republicans favour secession from the USA. Independence is no longer a fringe issue; it has moved into the mainstream of political debate. For Texans who are tired of the US war on their accent, culture, identity, heritage, economic well-being and security, secession is the solution to the Federal problem.