Surviving Americanization in small town Dixie

Numerous small towns in Dixie have undergone the tragic process of Americanization in recent decades. A short time ago there were thousands of culturally, architecturally and ethnically distinct Southern towns which reflected the regional and local culture and distinguished it from other regions of North America. Today far too many are shells of their former selves with just deteriorating Antebellum homes on Main Street as a reminder of better days. They have been wrecked by Americanization.

The transformation often begins with local, homegrown industry outsourced to the Third World. Sometimes it is replaced with an international company which brings in foreign executives and a chamber-of-commerce Republican-type value system. Generally though outsourced jobs are not replaced at all. Small local business dry up. Dollar stores catering to EBT customers appear. Indian-owned gas stations replace local stations. If there is a hotel invariably it also will become Indian-owned. Local restaurants are phased out and replaced by national chain fast food joints and cheap Chinese places. The local working poor population is put on the dole and replaced in the service industry by Mexican workers.

This is a sketch of the troubling and destructive process ravaging small Southern towns – a process which must be stopped and reversed if the South is to survive.

The pictures below are of New Ellenton, South Carolina. To be fair, the town has the best BBQ restaurants in the State: Carolina BBQ and Duke’s BBQ. They are the exception in that they have survived the destructive process of Americanization.

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  1. Reminds me of Dalton, Georgia. This is where my Mom is originally from. Same deal, no more southern culture there; just alot of fast food places. same in Middlesboro, Kentucky as well. Sad thing, the south is losing it’s identity. 😦

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  2. U.S. “progress” usually involves the building of a McDonald’s and Walmart in small towns, it seems. That, and Dollar Generals buying land in the middle of a quaint neighborhood to cement the yard and ply their trade.

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  3. Whole suburbs of Dallas are now Indian and Paki. However, up here on the Red, places are still mostly Southern. This afternoon, Mrs. Owen and I got dinner at the little cafe up the road. We had the Lady make
    us a buttermilk pie to take home. I saw even more flags flying, both Texas and Confederate, on the way back to the house.

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  4. What started this decline has been the yankee invasion. We allowed these liberal northerners to come down here and change the culture. It seems like all the southern politicians have been replaced by yankee’s. They left the north and came South because the scenery is beautiful and the people are friendly and decent and the first thing they do is change it into the liberal hell hole they came from. Promoting diversity and multiculturalism from their high horse. Showing us dumb old Southerners how things are supposed to work… And now all their baggage (minorities and immigrants) have followed them down for the free goodies they promote.

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  5. Just eating at the wondr’ous ‘Claudine’s Homestyle Restaurant, in Rich Square (northeastern NC) last night, and talking about what ‘had happened’ to the town with the man who had run the hardware store there for 35 years.

    Though we were focused on some elements of Southron destruction (like a government that pays over one half of the local population to do no work- and they have taken over the town council and, well, you know the rest:))) not featured here – many towns around here, fit exactly your ‘descent into landscape woebegone’…

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  6. The pictures that accompany this article could have been taken in any number of small towns in rural west Tennessee. While my county isn’t exactly drying up like many of the more rural areas, due mainly to the influx of (mostly white) people fleeing Memphis, there are a growing number of foreigners here. Indians own our only movie theater, Arabs own many of our gas stations, and you can’t throw a rock without hitting a Mexican restaurant. It can be very discouraging at times.

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