Urging All Southerns to Buy Southern!
Why should we accept the urging of the Florida League of the South to change our buying habits?
For about the last 140 years the South has had a reputation for being a "poor" section of the United States. In a way, it is true but it has not always been so.
Before the War for Southern Independence, 1861- 1865, the South was the richest part of the country and considered the land of plenty. In fact, according to a statement made by Senator Thomas H. Benton in 1828, 33 years before The War, he said, "Under Federal legislation, the exports of the South have been the basis of the Federal revenue. Virginia, the two Carolinas, and Georgia, may be said to defray three fourths, of the annual expense of supporting the federal government, and of this great sum, annually furnished by them, nothing or next to nothing is returned to them, in the shape of Government expenditures.
What Happened To The Land Of Plenty?
During the War for Southern Independence the federal government of the United States instituted policies of war unheard of in that time. Southern civilians and their means of livelihood and survival were targeted for destruction. Vast areas of croplands were purposefully flooded, fields were burned, livestock butchered and left to rot. Homes, barns and other personal property were burned. What was not destroyed was stolen and carried North or used to supply the army of the U.S. government. The crimes against the Southern people and their property are numerous and fortunately, well documented.
The War Continues
After the War, the South was reduced from a land of plenty to a land of dependency. What the War had left behind, 13 years of reconstruction finished off.
The 1960 United States census showed that even 100 years later after The War not a single Southern state appeared in the top fifty percent of per capita income. The 1980 census showed us that the South was still the poorest part of the country with a poverty rate 20% higher than the rest of the nation as a whole. 41% of all Americans living below poverty level live in the South. All the states with the lowest poverty rates were in the North. The 1990 census showed that the average worker in the South would make 20% - 30% less than a Northern worker for doing the exact same job! According to the Congressional Quarterly, the South is more populous and out-produces every other region of the U.S. but we are forced to do this for less pay than the rest of the nation. Those unfortunate Southerners who find themselves receiving welfare will find their payments to be 47% lower than in other states. 140 years after The War, the South still has not recovered its economic status.
Despite cries from the ignorant that The War was fought over slavery the truth is it was fought for economic, political and cultural independence. That independence has not been won yet.
The solution is simple. We buy Southern! It will take a little thinking though. As we said, The War continues.
When you buy non-Southern products it cripples and destroys our local businesses paving the way for absentee merchants to fatten their wallets even more and lead our South into greater poverty. It destroys our funding for education, lowers our standard of living and turns our cities into slums. The negative effects are countless. All the while, our hard-earned money goes North and West to improve everywhere but the South.
Where Do I Start?
The easiest and most important place to start is a grocery store. The average Southerner makes at least one trip to the grocery store a week. Some go as often as once a day! Food for our families probably accounts for the greatest single expenditure of our funds.
Start reading labels! Where do the products you buy come from; Fitzgerald, Georgia or Beelzebub, New York? Plano, Texas or Canaan Land, New Jersey? Look at your vegetables. Were they picked by illegal third world immigrants in California and trucked 3000 miles to the grocery store or were they grown and harvested by your God-fearing Southern neighbors of your own county, state or region?
Go through your cabinets and start looking at labels. Make a list of Southern products you already use. Make another list of non-Southern products and find a substitute for them. Take this list with you the next time you go shopping and follow it like Dixie depends on it!
You'll be surprised where you've been sending money! You'll learn that Luzianne tea is made in New Orleans, LA while Lipton is made in New Jersey. Panner peanut butter is made by Southerners in St. Louis, Missouri while Jiff is made in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Don't limit your research to food products, though. Look for household items made in the South such as Diamond aluminum foil out of Richmond, Virginia or Envi personal grooming products from Houston, Texas.
In household appliances Electrolux vacuum cleaners is headquartered in Marietta, Georgia with products manufactured in Bristol, Virginia while Frigidaire and Tappan microwaves are manufactured in Dalton, Georgia.
In sporting goods, Wilson Golf Equipment manufactures clubs, balls and bags in Tennessee while Russel Athletic Wear manufactures clothing in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
Sponsored by The Florida League of the South