YouTube video maker Amanda ‘BillyRock’ has a new video (attached beneath this article) which has been promoted on LewRockwell.com (she was also interviewed on the LRC podcast) and other libertarian blogs. The video is about an experience she had recently at a high school sporting event. Everyone was asked to stand and pledge allegiance to the US flag. Amanda tells the story of how she refused to stand and felt good for doing so. As someone who has done the same thing (at a Tea Party gathering, no less) I congratulate her on refusing to pledge her allegiance to the Federal flag. In the heat of the moment when everyone robotically stands and puts their hand on their heart and begins mumbling the words of the pledge it can take great resolve to refuse to participate in this statist ritual.
As much as Amanda’s stand (or refusal to stand, actually) is to be congratulated, there is another side of her video which is disturbing. Though we are not told exactly where the high school is in Amanda’s story, she describes it as being ‘very rural.’ She goes on to say, ‘like, we’re talking cowboy hats everywhere and the boots and the Wranglers and stuff.’ She then says it was an ‘America atmosphere.’ At this point she fakes what seems to be a Southern accent and mocks the thoughtless, pro-war attitude of the people. She makes a strong point about the war propaganda at the basketball game but she does so while mocking rural people. We do not know if she is making fun of Western or Southern people (in either case, it is traditional, rural White people who are the object of ridicule). Amanda herself sounds like she is from nowhere. She might hail from any US suburb or urban centre. Though she is against the Empire, she appears to share the social attitudes of the upper-middle class enforcers of political-correctness. In her short piece she manages to mock the dress, manners and accents of the rural people at the local high school game. Why was this necessary?
Better yet, why is it acceptable to mock such people while insulting any other cultural or ethnic group is taboo? Some might say that I am making too much of an isolated incident from a YouTube video. However, do we not see similar things on a daily basis? When someone wants to emphasise that another person or group is stupid or reflexively patriotic (which are generally connected as concepts in the US media) do they not often affect a Southern or rural-sounding accent? This has been repeated so many times in the media and society at large that I have even heard Southerners, who speak in at least a somewhat Southern manner, adopt an over-the-top Hollywood version of a Southern drawl when pretending to be stupid, thinking that this is funny. Is it any wonder that some Southerners, faced with the overwhelmingly negative stereotype of their native speech in the US media and society, have made a conscious effort to give it up? Sadly, many Southerners seeking a business career, in particular, have even taken classes to get rid of their accent. A recent NPR report on the disappearing Texas accent documented one such sad case. We’ve also seen studies which show that children who are not from the South acquire from their surroundings a strong bias against the Southern accent at a very young age.
This is partly what we mean as Southern nationalists when we speak of the anti-Southern agenda and bias of the United States. We are not treated well by people who claim they are our countrymen and that we are ‘one nation.’ Clearly, there is not only a political divide, but also a significant social and cultural divide which makes us distinct – so much so that we and our cultural markers are regularly the object of ridicule, flippant or otherwise, across the USA. Consider the situation of Southerners. We are in a forced-Union with people who make fun of our native speech, heap cruel insults upon us, ban our cultural symbols, attack those among us who show the least amount of pride in our identity, glorify our conquest and promote our demographic replacement. Given this, is it so surprising that millions of Southerners no longer wish to be part of the USA? The real surprise is that there are still some Southerners left who adore and stubbornly remain loyal to a regime and society which does not care for them.
Note: Amanda ‘BillyRock’ has since replied to this article, saying that she is pro-secession and not at all anti-Southern. You can watch her video response at this link.