For a time last year, much attention was placed on the continued slow removal of Confederate relics and references around the country. Strong voices on both sides of the issue certainly made their opinions heard. Now however with America’s short attention span having already long since moved on to other topics. The fact that the slow, steady removal of all things old South has only continued quietly in the background seems to have gotten lost on many.
One area in particular that has never gotten much attention is the removal of all references to the Confederacy in the themed entertainment industry. Following in the footsteps of Six Flags controversial decision last summer to bring down the Confederate flag that had flown for years above three of its parks, and was even part of the company’s namesake “Six Flags.” Other amusement parks across the country now appear to be following suit and taking steps to remove any hint of the Confederacy, in hopes of not attracting any negative attention in this politically charged climate.In Virginia, for example, the long-standing King’s Dominion park will change the name and theming of its iconic Rebel Yell coaster. The ride’s new name will be Racer 75, a reference to its 1975 opening year. Which of course leads us to the question of just what exactly has changed so fundamentally in the past 43 years that this ride had to undergo such a transformation to begin with?If you think Rebel Yell was an innocent enough, and hardly deserving of such a change, this next renaming will likely frustrate you even more. As we have apparently hit a point where the simple word Dixie all on its own, is now considered offensive and intolerable to some. With famed country star Dolly Parton recently announcing her over 30 year-long running “Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede” dinner show, will now suddenly change its name to just Dolly Parton’s Stampede. With the star herself admitting in an interview that, “We recognize that attitudes change and feel that by streamlining the names of our shows, it will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows.”These settle changes might not seem much at first, but combined with the continued removal of actual Confederate statues nationwide, and we are looking at the complete destruction of Southern history. Instead of young children encountering these icons of days gone by and asking questions about them. The children of the future will likely never hear one positive word about the rich history of our Southern states or its one-time culture. Heritage and the history that accompanies it are not things that should ever be sacrificed in the name of political correctness.
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