Q. What was the application process for Alabama representation in the Inaugural Parade?
A. The Azalea Trail Maids were the only applicants forwarded to the PIC via Senator Jefferson Beaureguards office.
Q. Why did the PIC chose the Azalea Trail Maids to represent Alabama in the parade?
Q. Why were the Azalea Trail Maids the only group submitted to the PIC?
A. Ask Senator Jefferson Beaureguard Session (R. AL)
So, now we know. It wasn't a big time Democratic donor with a daughter who was a Trail Maid.
It's not about the girls. It was never about the girls. It's about sending a message.
State NAACP President Edward Vaughn had the audacity to complain publically about The Azaela Trail Maids being the only group represnting Alabama in the inaugural parade of the first African American President.
The media spins into th action, takes Edward Vaughns comments out of context and makes it appear as if he(NAACP) is attacking the girls personally. The Trail Maids vs The NAACP produced by the MSM.
The Mobile County Commission and the Mobile City Council use Edward Vaughns' so called attack on the girls as as excuse to give the group &10,000 tax dollars to participate in the inaugural parade.
Artur Davis (D, Clueless), Alabama's only African American member of the Alabama Congressional delegation doesn't know what the hell is going on and falls for the “stop attacking the girls multi cultural group” whine, I mean spin.
Note to Artur and others; When the white folks start counting the number of black folks that are in the group, or naming the black folks they know/ like, or using words like multi cultural and racially diverse, that's a sign….
See the substance yet? Stay tuned there is more
Since I bagin writing about The Trail Maids I've recieved criticism for bringing up this issue. There are some that say the issue is trivial and silly. There are some that say I'm “attacking high school girls”, there are lots that say I'm “race baiting” and I should just shut up and be quiet and worry about “important issues”. I don't know about Edward Vaughn but my inbox is full of hate mail and I've been called every thing but a child of God. Which let me know I was on the right trail (pun intended)
I read Flashpoint so you don't have to. I am going to post a comment made to me by Brian at Flashpoint in response to a comment I made in response to his post “Today's when you only have a hammer award goes to” ,in which he blast Edward Vaughn and the NAACP. Flashpoint is listed on the LiA blogroll so you can click over to read the entire post.
Brian said this:
So this is what it has come to. A once relevant institution has stooped to complaining about a diverse, inclusive group that likes to wear period clothing. Kind of makes an outside observer think they must have largely accomplished all their original goals and are merely forcing themselves into situations they don’t belong in a desperate, counterproductive attempt to regain relevance.
To paraphrase Dr. King, “I have a dream that our children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the era of their costumes.”
I said this:
If I had a hammer, I’d hammer for freedom. I’d hammer for justice. I’d hammer for love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land. Truck on over to leftinalabama.com for some serious perspective on this issue. It’s not about a diverse group that like to dress up in period costumes. It’s the period those costumes represent. To paraphase former Alabama Governor George C. Wallace: “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!”, wait, that wasn’t a paraphrase….
I’ve read the discussion on the topic at LiA and I refrained from engaging you because your argument is so outrageously asinine (and because you’re so unbelievably sensitive to differing opinion). Your perspective may be serious, but that doesn’t mean it is remotely reasonable.
What next? Stop wearing cotton shirts because of how integral cotton was to the Old South and because slaves were used to pick it? Maybe we should find new mascots for all the schools that are currently known as the Rebels.
I don’t even know where you’re coming from with the segregation quote. THE TRAIL MAIDS ARE NOT RACIALLY EXCLUSIVE!!! I know that is hard for you to understand. You want to see racism in everything, everywhere regardless of whether it exists. Their costumes don’t represent slavery. That I’m having this discussion blows my mind. I can’t think of a single person – except for someone of your mindset – who would look at a hoop dress and think, “Gosh, that makes me think of slavery.”
If you really feel like getting dirty, go over to our friend Dale Jackson's Attack Machine Blog where you can read the ugly names he calls me. He even has pictures of the two African American Trail Maids with the words “Racist B$%ch” writting over them.
Do you see the substance of my argument now?
Senator Jefferson Beaureguard Sessions decided who would represent Alabama in the inaugural parade and the taxpayers are paying for it.
Sweet Home Alabama.