The Nation: Whistling Dixie

Do songs of regional chauvinism and banners of ethnic pride exacerbate racial tension? That is a touchy question these days, what with black students hoisting a black-liberation flag in Newark classrooms and a black state legislator walking out of a banquet in Richmond when the band struck up Carry Me Back to Old Virginia.

For years, Dixie has been a song that bothered the sensibilities of Southern blacks because it has come to seem almost the anthem of the Confederacy. Last week, however, the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of...

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