Charleston Paper Publishes “Hoop Skirt Hate Crime” Column

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GOES OFF THE DEEP END … || By FITSNEWS || If there was a moment when the switch flipped in our heads – when we became “radicalized” against the orthodoxy of compulsory tolerance we advanced during the Confederate flag debate – it was when we read a column by Elizabeth…


|| By FITSNEWS || If there was a moment when the switch flipped in our heads – when we became “radicalized” against the orthodoxy of compulsory tolerance we advanced during the Confederate flag debate – it was when we read a column by Elizabeth Boyd which appeared in last month’s editions of The Washington Post.

Who is Boyd?  Nobody, really.  She’s a research associate at the University of Maryland, an institution we’d been led to believe had expertise only in regard to crab cakes and football (well, the former anyway).

Boyd’s column – reprinted this week by The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier – attacked the University of Georgia for a delay in the imposition of a ban against hoop skirts (the donning of which the author equated to a “hate crime”).

That’s right … Georgia’s imposition of a hoop skirt ban wasn’t sufficient to mitigate Boyd’s vitriol.  It was that the school delayed in imposing it.

From Boyd’s column …

While donning a hoop skirt on occasion may not constitute a hate crime (whether it is a crime of fashion is another matter), make no mistake: The Southern belle performances routinely staged on campuses across the South constitute choreography of exclusion. And most do not even require a hoop skirt. In campus productions — sorority rush, beauty revues and pageants, sporting traditions — young white women serve as signs of nostalgia for a bygone, segregated South and all its attendant privileges.

In highly stylized renditions of femininity (which differ markedly from day-to-day routines and visage), otherwise thoroughly contemporary collegians demonstrate their ability to “do” white Southern womanhood: the attire, the manners, the demeanor, the shared references and, above all, the lineage. Such performances stun with their continued ability to consolidate privilege and fly under the representational radar where masculine symbols have all but vanished. Discounted but powerful, these belle performances may not stem from conscious ill intent, but they are surely racial symbols as much as any noose or flag. And they can be plenty intimidating.

The horror, right?  Indeed.  In fact Georgia’s delay in putting those awful white southern girls in their proper place was almost as inherently evil as Brett Favre‘s failure to clap with sufficient duration and intensity for Bruce … err, Caitlyn Jenner at the 2015 ESPY awards.

Anyway, we’ve referenced Boyd’s column in a couple of recent pieces – including this one covering PC sanitization in Texas – but seeing her drivel appear in one of our home state papers warranted another treatment.

One of our readers put it best …

“Racism is obviously bad, but when everything is racist, how does society reasonably move away from it?” they noted. “I’m hardly a southern culture apologist but this is getting nuts.”

Indeed.  Although we would argue “nuts” is rapidly disappearing in the rearview mirror … this is getting downright dangerous.

What Boyd and those of her ilk are doing is racist.  They are demonizing people on the basis of their skin color, geographic location and fashion choices – engaging in the very sort of discriminatory behavior for which they attack others.

Of course in one sense they are also (inadvertently) helping: Such irrational finger-pointing has caused the scales to fall from the eyes of thousands of us who believed that doing the right thing regarding the Confederate flag would be greeted by reciprocal respect and tolerance.

It hasn’t …

If anything, it’s been greeted by an escalation of the politically correct culture war and attempts to (further) rewrite history.


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Bible Thumper September 21, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Southern Belles smuggled weapons under those hoops.

PC Delta September 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm

“The horror, right? Indeed. In fact Georgia’s delay in putting those awful white southern girls in their proper place was almost as inherently evil as Brett Favre‘s failure to clap with sufficient duration and intensity for Bruce … err, Caitlyn Jenner at the 2015 ESPY awards.”

South Park has a great episode on that and this whole PC thing.

Their new character, a former Frat member, now school principle, called “PC Principle”- who goes around admonishing everyone to ridiculous levels over PC outrage, even kicking Cartman’s ass at one point.

Equating PC behavior to Frat stupidity isn’t much of a stretch and makes for good comedy.

The Buzzman September 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm

South Park is killer this season. They’ve still got it.

Hoopshirtaphobia is a social disease. Next, everything portraying the Victorian era will be history. Er, deleted history. Steampunk will lose it’s steam.

Up with hoop skirts! Raise ’em high for America, comely women of all races, and proudly show us the Promised Land! Oh, my Stars and Garters, it’s a grand sight!

PC Delta September 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm

My favorite thing about Hoop skirts is the easy access they provide for a quickie/one and done.

But it's OK for homosexuals September 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm

If you’re a liberal, and you don’t believe in male/female sex, it’s OK for men to wear hoop skirts. Discrimination to NOT let them.That way, when you suck him off, no one can see you.

Rocky Verdad September 21, 2015 at 3:48 pm

You can dream.

PC Delta September 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Picking up where GT left off with the dick sucking stuff eh?

I never knew that about fag wearing hoop skirt stuff, that’s good info right there.

The Buzzman September 22, 2015 at 8:45 am

Have you decided yet, pogo, whether or not incestuous peophile rapist and adulterer Josh Duggar is now a Democrat? Do you need to consult with Josh’s co-cultist and ardent apologist, the Huksterbee, to make up your mind?

You unilaterally declared Sanduski a Dem, based on nothing. What’s holding you back from doing the same with Josh the extreme perve?

All of you R Democrat Lemmings September 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm

FITSNews, is no less backward that the Charleston /City Paper or leftwing ignorance at WaPo.

You just try to play both sides of the fence, ignorantly thinking no one notices.

Bible Thumper September 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm

I can’t make up my mind until I see what Taylor has to say and a picture of her wearing one.

(xxx)the-inlet September 21, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Oh my!!!! Careful. Buzz is SLED apparently already got Rocky’s track phone. :)

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Rocky Verdad September 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm

The difference between a Southern belle and a SC woman today – today they don’t need the hoopa!!!!

b-que and chicken wings! September 21, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Nothing here.Looks like Michelle Obama getting off Air Force One.

Rocky Verdad September 21, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Or you on dress up night.

flip September 21, 2015 at 3:51 pm

I read your comment about Fiorina on another thread. She is a Breast cancer/ double mastectomy survivor.Shame with a wife and daughters you would mock a cancer survivor.You are evil Rocky.My guess is that it is all in the ‘family’.

Rocky Verdad September 21, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Great, she’s a cancer survivor. So’s my Mother. I’m sure the tens of thousands of people she laid off, and the millions of share holders who lost millions, really give a rats butt. She did such a great job of failure, and you want to say, we’ll that’s OK, ’cause she had cancer. Just think – that was one company. Give her the US economy that number becomes like 35 million who get laid off.
BTW – aren’t you the great Christian going around calling the First Lady of the United States a gorilla? Yeah, your moral high ground is below your knees.

flip September 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Do you call your mother a ‘hag’?Be a man.Don’t hide behind your mommy because you get caught being a sewer dweller-just like you hiding behind your NON citizen mother in-law to defend fleecing the taxpayers on Obamacare. Now you are lying about me calling that nasty American hating lady occupying the wHite House a ….???We got 92 million employees laid off in America under Obama with 45 million of em on Food Stamps.

Mock blacks and cancer survivors.You have shown yourself to be nothing but a lying,perverted, racist,FREELOADING, American hating bigot on Fits.

Other than that you are okay in my book.

RogueElephant September 21, 2015 at 9:04 pm

From what I am reading , Carly was handed a sinking ship and did what she did to keep it from totally going under. She laid off 30,000 people but saved the company for what was left. When you are dealt a bad hand you either play it out or throw it in. She played it out and there is still an HP. It might not be pretty but the alternative would have been worse.

loisdeboid September 21, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Uh oh, who’s going to tell the Tudors?

Ashley September 21, 2015 at 3:51 pm

My schedule for tomorrow:
1, Buy a drone.
2. Put many stinky smelly objects on it.
3. Drop it on that ditzy Ms Boyd.
4. Take drone back to 100 feet
5. Drop drone again on that ditzy Ms. Boyd.
6. Go have a drink and celebrate my public service.

Limbaughsaphatkhunt September 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The butthurt is strong with Fits.

Jackie Chiles September 21, 2015 at 11:05 pm

Lol this woman is a master troll

intlet9949 September 22, 2015 at 11:15 am

Hoop skirts and confederate uniforms…you can almost hear Glenn McConnell saying…”Why I do declare Ms. Magnolia you are the picture of perfection in that lovely gown.”


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