Posts tagged Alabama
Posts tagged Alabama
The University of Alabama student senate killed a resolution supporting racial integration of fraternities and sororities on campus — a failure the legislation’s author partly blamed on a secret society called the Machine. The student senate vot…
The problem here, as far as my understanding, is that a girl was denied from all 16 traditionally white sororities. Since this made national news, 23 WoC have accepted bids from traditionally white sororities.
I think the reason the student senators left it alone was both because of that last tidbit (not that it corrects the situation) and because it would have left them in an awkward place when it comes to the traditionally minority Greeks. Would they be forced to integrate? They were founded BECAUSE PoC were excluded from Greek life back in the day.
And Greek life is a HUGE thing Down South. In my experience, it’s vastly different than it is in other parts of the country. Tennessee is not a Greek run school, yet 40% of our student body is Greek. At the same time, 95% of the PoC that are Greek here are in minority organizations.
So I can’t say I blame the SGA for not touching it out of fear they make it worse. Now, I don’t know that was their motivation; I can only hope it was in the right place. But I hope this national spotlight helps Bama resolve the solution.
Paul Hard rushed to the hospital after learning that his husband had been in a car wreck. He sent a text message to other family members: “David in wreck, in the ER, Pray.” When Hard arrived at the hospital, a receptionist refused to give him any information about his husband, David Fancher.
It’s comin, y’all! And once several Southern states (or maybe red states in general) have had their marriage equality bans overturned, which is already happening and inevitable, I honestly see an amendment at the federal level protecting LGBTQ folks. It’s just a matter of time.
It’s what every pregnant woman fears. There she is excited to be pregnant for the first time. She is finally getting over the morning sickness, and she and her husband have just shared the happy news with their friends and family. Then, one night the unimaginable happens. She is lying in…
I get it. Two inches of snow shuts down major metropolitan areas (not just Atlanta). It’s funny! It’s funny because when it snows two inches where you live, it’s nothing, you might as well be in West Palm Beach. Southerners lose their shit, though! Hilarious.
The author’s point is only further proven that people not from the South, or that haven’t lived here for an extended period of time, just don’t get. And never will. As the post says, we have no reason to have heavy snow equipment and we aren’t used to driving in this kind of weather. It’s more than a single issue and it’s so tiring to have Yankees commenting on Southern issues, in general. I just wish they’d stop moving down here and then complaining about everything, but that’s a discussion for another day.
"ALABAMA WOMAN COMES IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL"
Keepin it classy, Alabama.
Side note: I know y’all aren’t all like this, but could you have a talk with those that are?
~The Rest of the SEC
For Colored Girls Only | Best of 2013
The Way It Was | Best of 2013
Mother with child standing outside the “colored only” entrance door of a segregated movie theater, Mobile, AL, 1956. Photography y Gordon Parks, photographer. Find us on Tumblr Pinterest Facebook Twitter
She looks so beautiful!
Semmes, Alabama is a town of some 3,000 mostly white and conservative people located just outside of Mobile, Alabama. The town puts on an annual Christmas parade that is organized by a group called Friends of Semmes, and this year, the group unwittingly invited some guests that they apparently did not vet so well, considering the audience that the guests would be performing for.
Those guests were none other than the Prancing Elites, a group of five young black men from Mobile who happen to be gay. They have been around since 2006 and were formed in part because males were not allowed to audition for the dance teams in their schools. Their style of dance is called “j-setting”, a form of cheerleader style hip hop. It also happens to be, according to the Prancing Elites Kickstarter page, very popular in southern black gay nightclubs.
So with all of this in mind, you can imagine that when the Prancing Elites showed up for the Semmes, Alabama Christmas parade to perform, dressed in skimpy Santa Claus outfits and wearing makeup, that their act was going to go over like a lead balloon.
Prancing Elites leader Kentrell Collins said: “We are no different than any team out there dancing. We want people to stop looking at gender and focus on the talent,” he said. “It’s OK for a woman to put on tights and play football but when a man wants to put on leotard and tights, it’s a problem.”
Viva Prancing Elites and their courage to perform in defiance of bigotry!
these group members are so elegant, in handling the pure hatred coming toward them. definitely watch the video of their dancing and their interview, linked in the title.
dance on *s
Can you imagine being a tiny queerby and realize who was dancing down your street at the annual christmas parade?
Can you imagine for the first time in your life seeing people who were THEMSELVES dancing down the street at you?
Can you imagine how that would feel, knowing for the first time, you weren’t alone?
I’m break this down into two parts.
Missouri: I’m not sure where you’re getting the idea that they’re classless from? From what I’ve seen so far, they are very classy and have handled the loss with grace and dignity befitting of an SEC team.
They’re a great team that played a great game. I’m glad of we got a team that pushed us to our limit and made us earn our win.
Alabama: Ah yes….the most hated rival Auburn has. Unfortunately, they have the most interesting fanbase. They have a fanbase in which the majority of fans DID NOT go to the University of Alabama. And they have proven themselves to be very very very passionate about their Team.
BUT…I want to say this. I don’t believe them to be representative of Alabama. The people who actually went to the school are the real representatives. They have class, they poise, and they have grace.
They do have quite a few vocal people that are just downright disgusting. But any reasonable fan of ANY NCAA football team will recognize that they’re an extreme and unrepresentative of what Alabama truly is.
Every school has them. Auburn has them, UGA has them, Ole Miss has them! Just remember, they don’t represent the school.
The problem with that is that they do represent the school. When someone sees a fan, more likely than not, they’re gonna see one of those insane Alabama fans. Tennessee has a large fanbase where the majority didn’t attend the school, and even have a few crazies, but not to the degree that Bama seems to. It’s so disgraceful to the SEC, and the South in general, when people act like they have no home trainin.
A funny, short interview with Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black. Turns out, she’s from Mobile, AL! I knew I liked her. :)
I recently made a trip back home to Memphis, with pit stops in Sikeston, MO to see my maternal grandparents and Potts Camp, MS to visit my daddy’s side of the family. When I travel, I think a lot about the South, what it was, what it is, where it’s headed. But it seems like there there isn’t always a consensus about what is Southern and what isn’t. My grandparents in Sikeston, for example, have a few Southern tendencies, but don’t really consider themselves Southern, but both of their children do/did.
Momma moved to Memphis in 1976 to attend nursing school and most definitely has always considered herself a Southern woman. Her brother stayed in the Bootheel, but he and his kids all consider themselves Southern. And my mother and I have always accepted that as fact. After all, Southeast MO is a cultural transition area where the South meets the Midwest. That part of the sate often even pronounces their homeland as “Missourah” instead of the traditional “Missouree,” definitely a Southern speech pattern.
My grandparents tell me almost every time I see them that I “don’t sound like [I’m] from Memphis.” It used to somewhat offend me, but I’ve realized why they think this way: I speak quickly. The idea that all Southerners speak slowly is not only antiquated, it’s very inaccurate. Sure, there are plenty of Southerners that still speak like that, but it’s not really the norm anymore. So many of us are from large cities and speaking slowly just doesn’t generally cut it there. Doesn’t mean we’ve lost our accent or manners, just that we have just as much to say, but less time to do so.
But Southern culture isn’t one giant homogenous thing. We share common elements, the fact that we drawl our words, but even the way we do that varies. Carolina Lowcountry isn’t West Tennessee cotton culture. So, I decided to make this map. I know that even this is somewhat of a generalization, but feel like it’s pretty accurate. I’m always open to suggestions if anyone has them. And obviously these different areas aren’t exclusive; cultures bleed and blend. Southern Appalachia is most definitely Southern, but it’s different than central Georgia’s culture. Also, the Deep South is generally listed as MS, AL, and GA. But Southeast AR, North LA and SC definitely constitute Deep South as well. I’ve included the very Southwest corner of TN, namely Memphis and up to around the Covington, TN area. The reason for this is that we are part of the Mississippi River Delta and Delta culture is most definitely Deep South.
Do note “New South” doesn’t strictly denote the idea that these areas haven’t always been considered the South, rather that they are now the outermost border of what is thought of as the South by most people today.
Our culture constantly grows, shifts, and evolves, yet maintains our Southern charms and sensibilities. The South is our home and here’s to keeping it that way!
I don’t typically post this kinda stuff, but I just couldn’t help it this time. Gotta love my Vols!
Self Evident Truths is a project I heard about a long time ago and, honestly, figured would fizzle out. It didn’t. I learned today that they are actually headed out on a tour of the South!
NYC based photographer, iO Tillet Wright, began this project in 2010, photographing a few hundred people in NYC. But the project has grown! And, as Southerners, our faces need to be seen and our voices heard. So often, we are left out of the conversation on LGBTQ rights all together. People assume we grow up and move away; we try to escape the South. We need to show them that we are here and happy! After all, if we all left, this place would never change. I encourage everyone that has the possibility to do so to turn out and have your photo taken.
Here is a list of the cities they will be in and when:
Oklahoma City, OK February 24 & 25
Little Rock, AR
New Orleans, LA
March 1 & 2
March 6 & 7
March 11 & 12
The Yellowhammer State
If you haven’t see this video, take a look soon. It’s likely to be pulled from YouTube as it is completely NSFW. This is absolutely disgraceful. Not only should one team never do this to another (let alone one in the same conference), it should never be done to another person!!! This is absolutely ridiculous. In public. I’m so floored by this, I don’t even have anything clever to say.