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A Landshark Eats Colonel Reb
The ongoing neutering of the South
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On August 20, “Silent Sam” was pulled down on the campus of the University of North Carolina by a mob of students. Erected in 1913, it was a memorial to the UNC men who fought for the Confederacy.

Earlier this year, there was another betrayal of Southern heritage: the introduction of the Tony the Landshark as the second new mascot to replace Colonel Reb at the University of Mississippi. The goateed Southern gentleman was officially retired in 2003 because he was a symbol of “racism.”

In 2010, Colonel Reb was replaced by the Ole Miss Black Bear, which was voted most popular by the students in a campus-wide poll. A campaign to make the catfish-like character Admiral Ackbar of Star Wars the mascot failed. Mississippi is home to perhaps 75 bears, but William Faulkner lived in town and wrote a story called “The Bear,” which appears to have been adequate justification.

So, what about the new mascot? As the press noted:

The Landshark harps back to the “Fins Up” gesture that Ole Miss athletes have been using since [black] linebacker Tony Fein busted out the move in 2008. The mascot’s name is also an homage to Tony.

After Fein’s death in 2009 [of a drug overdoes], Ole Miss carried on the tradition of the landshark.

As the New York Times explained in 2010, this is all part of Ole Miss’s attempt to live down its “racist” past.

School administrators say they want to balance tolerance with tradition at Ole Miss (itself a nickname for a slave owner’s wife). The school has discouraged Confederate battle flags at football games, discontinued “Dixie” as the unofficial fight song and raised enrollment of black students to 14 percent, from 5.8 percent in 1995 (though Mississippi is nearly 40 percent black).

But even a few mainstream writers were unimpressed by the Landshark. Clay Travis, a right-leaning sports pundit tweeted:

What the fuck, Ole Miss? Landshark Tony?! You killed Colonel Reb for this? Shameful.

“Tony the Landshark”
“Tony the Landshark”

In fact, the university has sacrificed its traditions in a quest to recruit black athletes to bring gridiron glory to Oxford and thrill well-dressed, white alumni and students tailgating in the Grove. Astonishingly, the team is still known as “The Rebels.”

When the federal government integrated Ole Miss by force in the ‘60s, it took more than 3,000 federal soldiers to put down the rioting. There was scarcely a whimper when Colonel Reb got the boot.

Not only has “Dixie” been ditched as the fight song; the band can’t even play the pep song “From Dixie with Love“ because afterwards the crowd would chant “The South will rise again.” University chancellor Robert Khayat explained that wouldn’t do because it reeks of “segregationist baggage.”

Needless to say, the Confederate flag must never wave in the stands. Former coach Tommy Tuberville banned it more than 20 years ago, in 1997, explaining that the “flag tarnishes the school’s image and has hurt efforts to recruit black athletes.”

Since stripping the University of Mississippi of its Southern symbols, the football team has become almost entirely black. Caste Football notes that every year since 2006, four—at most—of the 22 starters have been white. In most years it has been only three, and in 2015 just two. Caste Football also notes that during that period, “the school had only one 10-win season, with multiple years of losing eight, nine and even 10 games. Since 2004, they’ve had only six winning seasons out of 14.

Houston Nutt, who was football coach from 2008 to 2011, explained that the University’s past kept him from getting a better record because he couldn’t attract yet more blacks:

“You recruit a young man from out of state and they come to Mississippi, the first thing that hits their mind is, you know, ‘I’ve seen the show Mississippi Burning.’ Or, there are questions from their mom: ‘Are there racial problems?’ Once they get here, you put that to rest, but that’s the perception,” Nutt said. “Once recruits visit the campus firsthand, they see it’s a safe place that doesn’t have racial problems.”

The psychological capitulation at Ole Miss illustrates the current state of “the South.” The late Sam Francis wrote in 2003 that what happened at Ole Miss had implications for the entire country.

Implication One is that when you admit racial and cultural aliens into institutions created by and for people of a different race and culture, you’re going to have problems.

The newcomers don’t feel comfortable . . . and if they gain power, which eventually they will, they will do all they can to abolish and eradicate those symbols that make them feel like the outsiders they are.

And Implication Two is that it’s not just fairly trivial symbols like Col. Reb, the flags at the football game, the name of the team, and the songs the spectators can’t sing.

It’s everything—everything whites (not just Southerners) ever created and built, from their form of government, to their religion, to their art and entertainment, to what they teach in universities.

A Landshark has taken over for Colonel Reb.

A mob of mostly white students pulled down Silent Sam.

There’s not much of Dixie left, and the North won’t be far behind.

Paul Kersey lives in Denver, Colorado and is the author of Escape from Detroit.

(Republished from American Renaissance by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. As you’ve said repeatedly yourself, one thing that would help is if the mindless obsession with College Sports, particularly Football, ended. Colleges are there to educate, in the proper sense of that word, not train some dimwit for professional sport. The alumni who idolise these dimwits are the real deplorables. Whilst America continues to collapse, all they’re concerned about is how their College Football Team performs.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  2. Buckwheat says:

    Landshark hell….why not a mudshark?

    • LOL: Bubba
  3. A shark is an apt metaphor for our rolling cultural revolution – it needs to move ever forward, devouring, each morsel building its hunger, and to stop is to die.

    I always liked Colonel Reb as a mascot. He lives on in apparel and whatnot. Ole Miss recruits from Mississippi against Mississippi State of course and (even though it is said that there is an unwritten gentleman’s code in the SEC that Coaches don’t recruit out of State in their rivals backyards against them) from other neighboring States in the deep South. It’s a bit difficult to imagine blacks from the deep South getting all that exorcised about Colonel Reb and the Confederate accoutrements of Ole Miss (Southern blacks were generally quite tolerant of Southern culture and its Confederate mythos) – more likely the problems were stirred up among the student body by faculty with the rise of the various agitation studies disciplines.

  4. In fact, the university has sacrificed its traditions in a quest to recruit black athletes to bring gridiron glory…”

    How is this different from sacrificing ones people’s traditions to recruit black athletes to pick cotton?

    And aren’t there enough blacks already in Mississippi? Forty percent black? Hell, before WWII, Mississippi was forty percent white. Why recruit out-of-state at all?

    Funny, but respectable schools such as Stanford, Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, and most of all Brigham Young have little problem doing better than Ole Miss with many more white players. Why not beef up academics and recruit more of them?

  5. Corvinus says:
    @Verymuchalive

    “As you’ve said repeatedly yourself, one thing that would help is if the mindless obsession with College Sports, particularly Football, ended.”

    White Alabamans will fight you to the death if you dare take away their proud gridiron tradition known as the University of Alabama.

    Roll Tide.

  6. Corvinus says:

    “When the federal government integrated Ole Miss by force in the ‘60s…”

    By force to ensure the rule of law would be enforced. How ignorant of our dear author to make that reference without the proper context.

    “The late Sam Francis wrote in 2003 that what happened at Ole Miss had implications for the entire country–Implication One is that when you admit racial and cultural aliens into institutions created by and for people of a different race and culture, you’re going to have problems.”

    Education institutions are created for citizens. Southern blacks were citizens, yet were denied equal opportunities. Indeed, they were separate, as the ruling in the Plessy case specified. But Southrons couldn’t even abide by the “equal” component. Thus, blacks and whites, North AND South, properly redressed their grievances. If only southern white plantation owners had picked their own damn cotton! But that would have required them to curb their inherently greedy nature.

    • Replies: @lavoisier
  7. TheOldOne says:

    Good to know that at least one ‘Muricun tradition—hatred of all things Southern–is in good order.

  8. Rob S says:

    The Zionists are responsible for the death of America, and use the black man as his proxy.
    The once great white race is being neutered by the Jewish bankers, whose greed has no bounds.

  9. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Corvinus

    Indeed.

    Bread and Circus.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  10. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Corvinus

    If only southern white plantation owners had picked their own damn cotton! But that would have required them to curb their inherently greedy nature.

    We are still fighting wars on behalf of the greed of the few.

  11. Corvinus says:
    @lavoisier

    Nope. Just wholesome entertainment created by white folks. Why are you dissin’ Caucasian creations?

    “We are still fighting wars on behalf of the greed of the few.”

    The Alt Right does have it down pat.

    • Replies: @lavoisier
  12. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Corvinus

    The Alt Right does have it down pat.

    In many ways, yes.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  13. The pathetic things you people worry about.

  14. Corvinus says:
    @lavoisier

    In many ways, yes, the Alt Right are still fighting wars on behalf of the greed of the few.

  15. @Corvinus

    Don’t worry they are coming for you and Wheats Louisiana Tigers too

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    And many a sailor saw his doom
    When the Yankee Kearsage hove into view

    A shot from the forward pivot that day
    Blew the Alabama’s steering gear away

    Off the three mile limit in sixty-four
    She sank to the bottom of the ocean floor

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