Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 14:24:22 -0500 From: jerry miller Subject: Re: GA flag (nothing to do with lang) Interesting background on the stars and bars in Georgia -- but it raised a tangential question for me (again, not necessarily related to dialect) about the rise of the "NEVER" as a slogan for the anti-integrationists. In the North (well, Indiana, whose attitudes sometimes make it difficult to differentiate), I recall the "NOW" buttons (as in "Integration Now" or "End Segregation Now") appearing first, followed by the reactionary "NEVER" buttons (I saw an off-duty court bailiff wearing one -- the first time I'd seen one, and I assumed it was his response to all the "NOW" buttons and bumper stickers). Which came first, NOW or NEVER? Jerry Miller At 12:49 PM 10/28/97 CST, you wrote: > This has nothing to do with dialect, so you may want to use your > delete key. > > As David Johns said, the current Georgia flag, with the Confederate > battle flag incorporated, was adopted in the 1950s. The rest of the > story is that this new flag design was created by a legislature > expressing its rebellion against the federal government, which had > required desegregation of schools in the 1954 Supreme Court decision, > Brown v. Board of Education. > > The climate of the times is described by Ralph McGill in one of the > best books about the South I have ever read (UGA Press), The South and > the Southerner: > "Never," was what they said in the Deep South, red of face, arms > flailing, or fists clenched, pounding on tables or lecterns. "No > Communist-led court would ever succeed in putting niggers in the > schools." > > So the Georgia flag, at least, is not a venerable tradition, but a > blatantly racist statement. Many public schools (among others) no > longer will fly the state flag. > > Ellen > ellen.johnson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > > >