At a medicaid expansion rally in McAlester, Oklahoma it was said that the reason why the Motorcade of Medicaid took the path they took to get to McAlester, Oklahoma was because this is Little Dixie. One of the ladies in audience sounded like she was offended, and said that they are not suppose to use that word because its associated with KKK and illiteracy.
I have heard the term “Little Dixie” used in describing the politics and culture of McAlester, OK & Pittsburg county Oklahoma (generally). Actually Ive heard the term “Little Dixie” being used to describe Southeastern Oklahoma & the entire Congressional District 2. I didn’t realize this until I moved to Southeastern Oklahoma. Though I have heard the phrase “Yellow dog” & ‘Blue dog” very rarely used in white republican or tea-party circles of Southeastern Oklahoma in reference to their white democrat counterparts in the state; but
the phrase “Little Dixie” is mostly & loosely used by white republicans in Southeastern Oklahoma to categorize white democrats in Congressional District 2 Oklahoma.
I heard what the woman in the video said in reference as to why she disliked the phrase “Little Dixie”, but I’m wondering if she disliked the phrase because it’s a truthful disclosure or a reminder of what she does not want to be said out loud.
Let’s be honest about this Little Dixie thing.. the meaning of the phrase Little Dixie does accurately depict Southeastern Oklahoma. So please lets not pretend it does not. I know what “Little Dixie” & Dixiecrat mean, as do most African Americans – even though “Little Dixie” & Dixiecrat is not a term that most blacks use. Reason being that most blacks don’t use the phrase is because its associated with the same political party that Blacks are associated with themselves. It does not mean that blacks adore Dixiecrats. Its a rock & a hard place for black folks, when there are only 2 political parties to deal with.
The needs and wants of black democrats is not necessarily the same as a Dixiecrat. Whereas the Dixiecrat wants states rights, most blacks oppose this because it would mean a death sentence them & they would have no protection when they are already racially discriminated against & are severely outnumbered. Look what happened to North Tulsa (which is not even Little Dixie). I’ve spoke with several blacks in Southeastern Oklahoma within the past 6 months about their concerns and it appears that they are paying close attention not only due to how Congressional District 2 voted in the last presidential election; but they are especially paying more attention here recently to the obvious racial disparity they are subjected to in the criminal justice system & in employment – which BY THE WAY is a system within this locality that’s controlled NOT by republicans. Remember, Southeastern Oklahoma particularly in Pittsburg & Hughes County is a democrat stronghold. I have heard many of blacks in the area say that they will cast a “retaliation vote”. I think you (the reader) know what that means. But only time will tell as to what black democrats in Pittsburg & Hughes county will actually do on voting day. I have asked them to choose their political candidate wisely, but to pay attention to the ‘”low hanging fruit” – AKA: local & state politicians.
What I have not figured out yet is how did this Little Dixie thing occur in Southeastern Oklahoma (or anywhere in Oklahoma for that matter) in the 1st place, considering that Oklahoma was not a slave state.
This video was recorded on July 27, 2013 at Chadick Park in McAlester, OK.
1 of the organizers for Coalition for Medicaid Expansion rally – Ali Canada summed up Oklahoma as a Right to Starve state. There were discussions at a Motorcade for Medicaid rally in McAlester about republicans forced out union jobs with the promise that NON-union jobs would create more jobs in Oklahoma.
The phrase “Right to Work” is deceptively worded. At a glance, that phrase implies that it gives people the right to work. But in reality, the phrase may had been worded this way so as to trick voters. Right to Work is an ANTI union movement for lower paying jobs like what you see at McDonald’s & Burger King. In essence POVERTY WAGES. As it turned out the Anti-union law (deceptively worded as Right to Work) did not produce jobs as the republicans had promised.
Ali Canada who is also 1 of the directors of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist in Tulsa said that the Southeastern Oklahoma Labor Council is working on getting rid of the ANTI-union law, by putting it before the voters n the state ballot for 2016.
The event was videoed at Chadick Park in McAlester, OK on July 27, 2013 and coordinated by Coalition for Medicaid Expansion. The group organized a Motorcade for Medicaid which toured 12 Oklahoma cities/towns in a single day. McAlester, Oklahoma was its last stop.
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Larry Boggs, republican candidate for Oklahoma state senate tells SE Oklahoma voters that the GOP is in control & that unless we vote for a GOP senator, then the GOP controlled state senate are not gonna approve our water rights bill nor hear our voices. SE Oklahoma near McAlester area is mostly democrat.
The frightening part of all this is that the subject matter Boggs was referring to was about SE Oklahomans water rights Bill. I dont like my water being held hostage like this.
Larry Boggs is the republican nominee seeking election to the Oklahoma Senate District 7 that is being vacated by Richard C. Lerblance (democrat). Bogg’s opponent is J. Paul Lane, the democratic nominee. Election is November 6, 2012.
This political candidate forum sponsored by Mcalester News-capital, in Mcalester, Oklahoma. This event was held on Oct 16, 2012 at 6pm at the Kiamichi Center in Mcalester. Approximately 200 people attended.
Rob Wallace (OK-D) for US Congress said SE Oklahomans need to send someone to capital hill who knows how to go toe-to-toe, as he has the experience in dealing w/the worst people imaginable. Wallace said that NOBODY in Washington is going to intimidate him. He also said that the political system has been a system of hired voices, & further indicated that regular folks don’t have the bucks to hire K-street lobbyist to carry their voice.
Wallace said the system has become a set of members who only listens to hired voices. Therefore, the only way for people in SE Oklahoma to get heard, he added, was for them to send someone from this area who will stand up to the special interest.
The moderator’s question posed to Rob Wallace was:”Gridlock is clogging up Capital Hill & with the 2 major parities often polarized to the detriment of the nation as a whole, and as a freshman US Representative what can you do to try to break down the lock jam that often occurs on capital hill?”.
Robert (Rob) Wallace, a democrat & Former Assistant US Attorney General is running for the office of US congress (2nd congressional district Oklahoma). His opponent is Marywayne Mullin — a republican & local plumber. The seat they both seek was held by democrat Dan Boren who is retiring & have held that seat since 2005. US Congressional district 2 of Oklahoma is the only democrat district in the entire state. Therefore, its imperative that the democrats hold on to that district, as the republicans are trying to turn the entire state Red to impair political balance. The election will be November 6, 2012.