Southern Legitimacy Statement:
I’m John Calvin Hughes, son of a son of a preacher chased out of Mississippi for plucking the flock. I’m a southern boy who moved south and found himself surrounded by Yankees. I’m in Florida. There’s not a hill in sight and the restaurants that specialize in “Real Southern Cooking” put sugar in the cornbread. My own son told me the cat pushing on his chest was “making bagels”!
I used to say I was from the South, but not “of” it. I think I just had to find the right kind of Southerness.Read more
Southern Legitimacy Statement:
I love sweet iced tea. Pecan pie. Have two trees in the yard. And one large Magnolia I could once jump over; it’s now about 40 feet tall.
Southern Legitimacy Statement: Lee Wright was born, raised, and educated in a tiny textile mill town just across the Georgia line from Chattanooga. In spite of that, he managed to learn to translate things like “I knowed that he’d get throwed outta school for drankin’ ‘n’ when he growed up, he wuddn’t gonna ‘mount to nuttin’.” into actual English sentences.Read more
The Dead Mule is getting too many poems submitted without a Southern Legitimacy Statement. Now we are southern and polite, so we usually return these and point out the error. But we are getting more submissions these days, so please stop wasting our time, or one day we might just flip out and delete themRead more
Here by special request, back from The Dead, April 2005: Southern Legitimacy Statement: I’m for sure Southern cause I chill out on Budweiser while propped up in front of the boob tube watching NASCAR racing. I wrote a novel about murder in the world of Nextel Cup racing. The title is WHITE LIGHTNING. If that don’t make me Southern, nothing will…Read more
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From the original Mule Statement of Reason, 1996:
We appreciate all the quirks, follies, and faults that have brought the region to where it is today. If our beloved "below the Mason-Dixon Line" self gives way to the influences of a status quo world which requires all people to be of one idea ”to walk in lock-step with all others” -- we cease to be The South.
Simply put ”Let us celebrate the individual". The South revels in individuality. Freedom and the right to be southern. It's not a curse-word, or a curse. It's just little old us. Not one race, not one religion, and certainly not just one cause!
The South contains all sides of all arguments.
Help the best of The South stay as is. Let the bitter past be studied not re-lived and let us not seek to destroy a unique culture.
Remember, please, we are not simply a bunch of back-ass swamp-dwelling moonshine-drinking coon-hunting mother lovers. We are ” arguably” the last true bastion of individuality left in the US. The Dead Mule Southern Legitimacy Statement is about describing those things which are uniquely southern, wherever you are.
We are Carolina Dogs and Coon Jumping Mules, raccoons and possums, and all things that go bump in the night. All the humidity makes us really testy at times but sweet tea heals all wounds.
-Val MacEwan and the Mule Staff and Writers