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[–] [email protected] 7 points 2 months ago (1 children)

Yeah, I took southern chiv as a reference to a KKK member since they referred to themselves as knights. Or at least something along those lines.

[–] [email protected] 7 points 2 months ago (1 children)

It wasn't. It was a term - frequently sarcastic eventually, as in this cartoon - used to describe the "noble" behaviors of southerners.

Here's an article from the time on it, talking about how the rumored "southern chivalry" was anything but: https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/teaching-resources-for-historians/sixteen-months-to-sumter/newspaper-index/new-haven-daily-palladium/southern-chivalry

As someone else.mentioned, a form of it became "southern hospitality" and survived, usually in the complimentary way.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 2 months ago (1 children)

Sounds like the "knights of the KKK" might have come from the southern chivalry thing.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago

Maybe, but I don't think so, at least not directly. I can't find a source, though.

I just think the concept of Knights and Arthurian stuff was popular, and they just both came from the same general popular ideas, instead of one coming from the other.