Yesterday, I was told, was the two-hundredth anniversary of Alibam. Statehood, I expect, rather than settlement, which went back ten thousand years or so?
This seems a typical viewpoint and representation. I personally abhor the term “Native Peoples,” mostly because humans are NOT native to the Americas. All the humans in the Americas today are offspring of immigrants.
This got reflected yesterday by Doug Phillips. Several of his “Discovering Alabama’ [Link] episodes were run, including the one on the capitols/capitals of Alibam, where he spent a few moments talking about the role of Moundville as a seat of Alibam operations. This was also a source of some displeasure on my part. A later bit of programming reviewed noted historical Alibamians and David DeJarnette – the archaeologist who “made” Moundville – was omitted for some people I would not have bragged about – porn promoters and such. Of course, there is something to be lauded for including such given the nastiness of some of the Bubbas and their churches.
There was also considerable coverage of the unveiling of all sorts of monuments, most in Muntgum, but a few elsewhere, and I found myself musing over how many of those monuments would have been removed or studiously ignored a century hence because, like the Confederate monuments erected in the Twentieth Century, they had become socially untenable?
Then I found myself thinking about how many people would be in Alibam a century hence. Would the lower third of the state, the “black belt”, so named for the soil and not the population demographic, be covered in seawater? Would all of the state except the mountain tops be so hot as to be virtually uninhabitable, our cities ghost towns? Only a few roving bands and the occasional scrabbling truck farmer inhabiting the state?
All because of our denial of climate change and our unwillingness to use our brains critically and our effort constructively?
Again, I am glad to be ORF.