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Cable television offers countless channels. Cyberspace provides ceaseless content. Yet technology leaves people unfulfilled on account of antediluvian impulses which found our ancient ancestors huddled around campfires answering “Who am I?” through creation stories and myths about constellations.
Edna Ferber’s 1926 novel “Showboat,” adapted into Kern and Hammerstein’s 1927 musical, references “the one drop rule”:
Steve Baker “looked [Sheriff] Ike Keener in the eye. ‘You wouldn’t call a man a white man that’s got Negro blood in him, would you?’
An unexamined misfortune intersecting centralization and cultural hegemony is that events outside mainstream America are considered irrelevant. Those of us with an abiding interest in Mississippi find absurdity in the suggestion: Mississippi’s music and literature are extraordinary. Tragic aspects of our history are no less significant.
Matthew 22:21 says, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.” Save for the Doctrine of the Separation of Church and State, it might be suggested that “There ought to be a law:” The solemnity of Easter and the irreverence of April Fool’s Day are sufficiently incompatible that the two sh