WINSTON-SALEM – The annual Dixie Classic Fair in ‘the Dash’ got swept up in the waves over social justice outcries over the slightest links to even the era of slavery or racism. The term ‘Dixie,’ say the offended, represents the confederacy, and thus slavery, of course. The social justice agitators went to work, the media covered it reliably to the Left’s favor, and last week a committee of the Winston-Salem City Council voted 3-1 to change the name to the Carolina Classic Fair.
But in between then and now an official call for public input was made so the city officials could gauge public opinion. Is ‘Dixie’ so toxic as to deserve erasure from the fair? Turns out a vast majority of public input supported KEEPING the ‘Dixie’ name.
From WFMY News:
“[…] To VERIFY, WFMY News 2’s Meghann Mollerus talked to the Winston-Salem assistant city manager Ben Rowe and looked at the Fair Planning Commission’s report from the public input process in June. […]
The report showed more than 10,000 people gave input through an online survey, social media, a phone line, public input meeting and via e-mail.
Most took the online survey, and the overwhelming majority of those voters — more than 76 percent — wrote they wanted to keep the name “Dixie Classic.” Seven percent wrote “no change,” which is, essentially, the same response. […]”
76 PERCENT! And the city council committee voted 180 degrees in the other direction. How could you call for public input, get over 10,000 responses with overwhelming majority, and then ignore shun the public because you know better?
Luckily the window for public input is not finished, but it’s closing quickly. The full city council is scheduled to hold a final vote on the name change at Monday night’s meeting. You can live stream the meeting, or sign up for public comments, here. If the majority of people that care enough to come out and speak on the matter want to keep a name they view as harmless and separate from these racist accusations, will the council again defy the public opinion in order to be more ‘woke?’
Read more about the initial public input results and background on the manducatured ‘Dixie’ controversy here.