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Issues raised during the Rutherford County Commission meeting Thursday, Dec. 14 bring to bear whether the university's mascot has ties to the Civil War.

(I'm not even going to broach the question as to whether the county should have any say in what the bridge should be named. Seems the city of Murfreesboro's wishes should carry more weight.)

There is a fairly solid argument that we should possibly think about MTSU's mascot in a different way.

According to MTSU's archives, the name came about in 1934 after The Daily News Journal ran a contest to name Middle Tennessee Normal School's athletic teams. The winning entry was from Charles Sarver, who suggested the team be named the Blue Raiders after his favorite team the Colgate Red Raiders.

On the surface, there isn't anything wrong with a Blue Raider, especially because it has been rebranded with Lightning, the weird horse.

But before Lightning, before the UT-dog ripoff, MTSU's mascot was a Confederate soldier.

A clipping from the second page of the 1956 Midlander, MTSU's student yearbook.

Let's look at how the Blue Raider was transformed in the intervening years from the mid-1930s to the early 1980s, you'll see it was used as yet another way to preserve the imagery of the Old South.

Starting in 1938 with President Q. M. Smith and public relations director Gene Sloa, the Blue Raider morphed into Nathan Bedford Forrest using all the trappings of the Confederacy. The symbols of the Confederacy oozed over from solely the athletics mascot to the establishment of an institutional identity.

Over the years, the meaning of the "Blue Raider" was changed to represent the Confederate Army and the oppression of a full class of citizens. (Before you argue states rights, the right they were fighting over was the right to own another person.)

A look at the 1956 Midlander finds pages covered with Confederate flags and cartoon soldiers.

The Confederate take over of an integrated state university continued until the late 1970s and further with branding images on lingering products like cups.

As a native Murfreesboroan (yes, there are a few of us still around), I remember attending an MTSU basketball game as a child in the 1980s and drinking cola from a cup adorned with an image of a Confederate soldier on a horse. My friend's mom took it home and it remained in the home until the late 1990s at least.

When you couple this with the fact there are three monument and plaques on the Courthouse Square dedicated to Nathan Bedford Forrest or Confederate Soldiers, you have to wonder what kind of message our community is trying to send to others.

The state of Tennessee has made it nearly impossible to remove the exisiting Confederate monuments.

Let's not erect a new one in the middle of town.

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This page describes exporting and importing data into Cloud SQL instances using SQL dump files.

Exports use database resources, but they do not interfere with normal database operations unless the instance is under-provisioned.

For best practices, see Best Practices for Importing and Exporting Data.

After completing an import operation, verify the results.

To export data into Cloud Storage, the Cloud SQL instance service account or user must have one of the following sets of roles:

For help with IAM roles, see Cloud Identity and Access Management for Cloud Storage.

Exporting from Cloud SQL uses the mysqldump utility with the --single-transaction and --hex-blob options. With the --single-transaction option, mysqldump starts a transaction before running. Rather than lock the entire database, this lets mysqldump read the database in the current state, making for a consistent data dump.

If your SQL dump file contains DEFINER clauses (views, triggers, stored_procedures, and so on), then depending on the order these statements are executed, using this file for import could fail. Learn more about DEFINER usage and potential workarounds in Cloud SQL.

To export data from a database on a Cloud SQL instance to a SQL dump file in a Cloud Storage bucket:

If you are exporting data from an on-premises MySQL database for import into a Cloud SQL database, you must use the mysqldump utility with the following flags:

From a command line, run mysqldump:

For help with mysqldump, see the mysqldump reference.

To create a dump file for use in an external server configuration, see Replicating from an external server.

This procedure requires you to import a file from Cloud Storage. To import data from Cloud Storage, the Cloud SQL instance service account or user must have one of the following sets of roles:

If the service account or user is also performing export operations, it might be more convenient to grant the Storage Object Admin IAM role to have all the required permissions for both import and export. For help with IAM roles, see Cloud Identity and Access Management for Cloud Storage.

SQL files are plain text files with a sequence of SQL commands.

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