Um I just drove past it and had to show you ryanvoid.
DICKSON, TN IS A MAGICAL AND ALSO HORRIFYING PLACE
(but mostly just horrifying)
Seriously? You reblogged my affectionately deprecating hometown post to link to some obscure White supremacy conference? That conference isn’t even IN Dickson, it’s outside of town in a state park. Look, I happen to live in small-town Tennessee and sure, there’s plenty of racism here. You know where else there’s a lot of racism? Literally everywhere else in the country. I’ve stumbled on racist shitholes in NYC, D.C., New Orleans…the list goes on. I’m so sick of yankees acting like Southerners have cornered the market on racism. It’s really ignorant. Get some new material.
The city of Burns, TN, where that state park is located is literally 10 minutes from Dickson. I was born and raised in Springfield, and I’ve lived in Clarksville for the last eight years. For the last year I’ve sporadically had to work at a branch of my bank located in Dickson. The 50-minute drive that separates my home from that town is not far enough to stop me from caring about how safe it is for the people of color who live there.
Southern small towns are in my blood and they can certainly be charming. A donut shop in Dickson named Dickson Donuts? Comedy gold! Oh, rural America. If I ever leave this shithole Army town and transplant myself away from the southeast, I will miss a lot of things about it. I will miss the limestone hills and the rivers and the sweet tea. I will miss saying ma’am and sir to my elders. I will miss the best fried chicken in the entire world and the way everyone pulls over for a funeral.
When we take note of the racism that is so commonplace around here and draw attention to it, that highlights the south’s negative characteristics in hopes that we might change them. Truthfully, I love this part of the world and I would happily live the rest of my life here if it weren’t for the stubborn, privileged, and ignorant folks clogging up these great little towns. True, those same stubborn, privileged, ignorant folks exist all over the country. Next month, a large group of white supremacists from all over the country will be gathering ten minutes away from your corner of southern paradise. Is that okay with you? Do you believe that we have no part in the direction our communities take? I do not believe that. To bring these transgressions into the public focus is to take action, and to encourage others to take action, against injustice—which is perhaps the only way we can reconcile our sparkling opinions of our small southern towns with reality.
Burns is also in DICKSON COUNTY. JS.