I'm a relatively new resident of North Carolina, as I'm going to graduate school here. But yesterday a friend of mine who's from North Carolina, Durham in fact, said something that just boggled my mind.
We were talking about how people can't change what symbols mean in the minds of others, and my example was that even though some people might say that the Confederate flag is a symbol of states rights, to the majority of people its a symbol of slavery. I then quipped that the people who say that the Confederate flag is a symbol of states rights and not slavery just don't get it, because its a symbol of the states' rights... to own slaves, and that thats what caused the Civil War.
She responded that slavery was not a major cause of the Civil War, and the reason that I thought slavery was the major cause of the Civil War was because of my Northern education.
I'm sorry, but how can someone get through 12 years of primary and secondary education, 4 years of college, and the start of a graduate program and think that slavery was not a major cause of the Civil War? And how can Governor Perdue think about cutting money for education when people can get a full education at North Carolina public schools, from kindergarten through grad school, and still think this?
My personal opinion is that education should be the absolutely last thing cut and the first thing to get more money, but it never really works out that way.