- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 13, 2015

The word “Dixie” is under fire in North Carolina by at least one city councilman who is considering a measure to remove it from the annual Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem.

Winston-Salem Councilman James Taylor said some of his constituents find the Dixie Classic Fair name to be “offensive” and believe the city should consider changing it, a local Fox affiliate reported.

Mr. Taylor said the term “Dixie,” a historical nickname for the Southern United States, is divisive. He believes the city should embrace a name that “everyone can appreciate,” Fox reported.

Mr. Taylor said he’ll talk to residents first and make a decision based on “what’s best for all the people.”

The Fox affiliate spoke with several residents who supported the current name.

“We continued to look for people who may be offended by the name — but regardless of their gender, age or race — nobody had anything negative to say about the fair or its name,” the station reported.

“It’s just a political thing,” said Michael Banner, a Winston-Salem resident who said he frequents the fair. “I don’t think they named it that because of anything to do with race.”

“I just think it’s just overkill from what’s going on right now,” said Scott Osborne, also an area resident. “Dixie doesn’t have anything to do with being offensive towards what anyone’s belief is.”

“I thought it was ridiculous. I mean, there’s no reason to change the name of the Dixie Classic Fair,” added resident Dina Nelson. “I mean, it’s a Southern name, but there is nothing racist about it.”

The Dixie Classic Fair is scheduled to run from Oct. 2 through Oct. 11.

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