Core Components of Ethnic Identity

What is central to one’s ethnic identity? What makes someone a Dixian or nonDixian?  Ethnicity is cultural while race is strictly biological. There’s a lot of overlap there, but there’s a distinction too. Among the factors that make up our ethnicity and ethnic identity we can pretty readily identify what I’m going to call “the big four”:

  • Name/Demonym
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Language (including dialect)

One could theoretically be a certain ethnicity without identifying by name, but one cannot have an ethnic identity without identifying by at least one name. So for ethnicity, we really have the big three while for ethnic identity we have the big four. There are most certainly other factors, such as homeland*, cuisine, popular sports, literature, music, dress, holidays, etc. but these are nowhere near as significant as the big four. You might say that the other factors are downstream results from the big four. For instance, Bluegrass and Country music does not make a people of a certain race, religion and language, rather a people of a certain race religion and language created Bluegrass and Country music.

*One could argue that homeland is just as central to identity as the others, but I don’t think so. Jews lived for millennia as a cohesive ethnic group without a homeland. Two different ethnic identities might fight over the same land, both claiming it as their homeland. It’s obviously a huge factor, and would probably make the list if it had been a list of the big five.

Name or Demonym:

The name is usually a demonym (specific to a place) and it may seem trivial to include name in this list, but it is simply impossible to have a group identity without at least one name. (Following closely behind an ethnic name, would be ethnic symbols such as flags.) While the term Dixian has been recently introduced, we have traditionally identified as Southerners, Southron, Confederates, or Rebels. But cuckfederates have been chipping away at Southerner for a long time, and I don’t know if we will ever be able to snatch it back from their grasp and salvage it or not. The term Dixian was created with the intent to make it uncuckable and Dixie-centric rather than yankee-centric, so if it catches on, it should be a superior alternative to Southerner, though we need not limit ourselves to a single demonym in the first place.


Many are well aware of race as a key component of identity, and rightfully so. It may be considered the most crucial of the four to strictly enforce since it is the only one that is not malleable. One can change name or confessed religion and can learn a new language, but one can never change his race.


While some people do change religions, most people simply continue in the religion of their parents, so it is overwhelmingly a transgenerational attribute of a people group, thus a key indicator for and component of ethnicity. Wikipedia gives the following definition for ethnoreligious group:

“An ethnoreligious group (or ethno-religious group) is an ethnic group whose members are also unified by a common religious background. Ethnoreligious communities define their ethnic identity neither by ancestral heritage nor simply by religious affiliation but often through a combination of both.”

It is not necessary for every Dixian to confess Christianity to maintain a group identity, but the more that do so, the better. We should at least promote our movement as officially Christian and restrict alternatives to those that are the least competitive to Christianity. It makes no more sense to make Dixian Identity (or a future sovereign state) a religious free for all than it does to make it a racial free for all. The religion question has been addressed here, here, here and here.


While it is possible for one to adopt a new language, in some cases never using the mother tongue again, language is still overwhelmingly a transgenerational attribute to a people and a component of ethnicity and identity. The Jews in Israel have actually resurrected their previously dead ancestral language. Wikipedia says the following about ethnolinguistic groups:

“An ethnolinguistic group (or ethno-linguistic group) is one of the types of group identity that defines membership of an ethnic group. Members are unified by a common language (and possibly script).”

An English, Yiddish, or Russian speaking racial Jew who repatriates to Israel might have children who grow up learning Hebrew, so that upon adulthood these children are perfectly reintegrated to their ancestral Jewish nation, culture and language. Obviously they are well aware that their language strengthens their racial bond and they make the most of it.

In Louisiana today, there is a small group of Cajuns clinging to–even reviving their ethnic tongue. Quebecers are fighting to not let their Quebecois French slip away. Afrikaners are fighting to keep Afrikaans alive in universities. Even the Cherokee fight to keep their language alive. These people know instinctively if not intellectually that language is part of their identity, and that the loss of their language is one step away from the loss of their race. Cajun French, Quebecois French, Afrikaans, and Cherokee are input language options in iOS keypads while Southern English is not, even though we have many  more speakers than these other groups.

To lose one’s ethnic language (or dialect) is to lose part of one’s ethnic identity and to acquire one’s ethnic language binds one more fastly to his ethnic identity. The Southern Dialect is part of Southern identity, and if we neglect to defend it, we are incurring by forfeit another incremental step toward our own genocide.


The most holistic, the most compelling , and the most durable and successful  group identity movement for our people would soundly address these big four. If we neglect any of these four components, then we will be running on a literally three legged identity. No other ethnic group that seeks to preserve itself, neither Jews, nor Amerind tribe, nor African tribe neglects any of these four components. Only white people ambivalent to ethnic demise would try to compromise any of these pillars and pretend to expect anything other than ethnic catastrophe.

We must at some point:

  • Agree on a group identifier(s)
    • I don’t think this is likely to be a stumbling block. We have inherited the demonym Southerner, and I think we’re on the right track with the introduction of Dixian.
  • Set official parameters for race
    • The name Dixian as it is currently defined does a pretty good job here for now, but upon independence, we would probably do well to develop a standardized DNA test. The technology will be there waiting for us if we decide to do so.
  • Set official parameters for religion
    • This issue is not going away until it is dealt with head on. You can read one such proposal here.
  • Defend our native tongue
    • We must take steps to defend our common native tongue. We can argue later whether it should rightfully be classified as a distinct language, or as a distinct English Dialect, but we must form some strategy to defend it against further suppression, which is the ultimate form of “identity theft”.
    • We need not defend every localism found within the South, but we as an identity group must defend our common group tongue. Fortunately there is a generic Southern dialect that is widely recognized and described by linguists.
    • Simply adopting Oxford orthography and style is a step away from the yankee empire, but it is not sufficient to meet our need. I intend to discuss this in a later post.

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