Friday, December 10, 2004

Dixie just won't stay down ...

If you ain't from around here, you may not have heard of Cary, NC, a locality that went from tiny little town to sprawling, pretentious, prefab, butt-ugly cookie-cutter municipality in the space of about 10 years or so. A lot of newcomers seem to want to live there because it's supposedly full of good schools, "shopping opportunities" and regimented sub-divisions with lots of rules to keep the neighbors in line. Some of the locals like to say that CARY is an acronym for "Containment Area for Relocated Yankees." (Note to those from other lands: to you we're all Yankees, but around here "yankee" refers to folks from "The North," north being generally defined as anything that wasn't part of the Confederacy during the US Civil War.)

Anyway, thanks to this entry at Whig Hill Dispatch (whose proprietor, Chris, I met the other day outside the history museum, but that's probably another blog entry ...), I see that Cary is a containment area for something else entirely. Apparently a private school there teaches about slavery using a booklet that provides a biblical justification for it. The school principal says it's "hard to find writings that are both sympathetic to the South and explore what the Bible says about slavery." Um, and that's supposed to be a bad thing?

Shortly after I moved here a friend (A Canadian, who I think may be considered "worse" than a Yankee) remarked that "people around here seem to think the Civil War isn't over." No, it's really not, and it's high time we finished it once and for all.


Anonymous said...

Oh, yes. The poor suffering South. It was all a misunderstanding. They were going to free the slaves anyway. The only reason they went to war was to avoid paying the unfair taxes imposed by the North. The negroes loved slavery and the millions who died in passage also loved that. Blah, blah, blah, my heart bleeds. Where is Gen. Sherman when you need him.

Concerning the school: It is not surprising considering the reactionary course the country is on that these old racist revisionist arguments seem to be having a new life. They never went away, but they now are everywhere. The Bush administration and conservatives in general have been very successful in making facts a matter of opinion. For example the majority of Americans still beleive that Iraq had something to do with 9/11 despite all facts to the contrary. Evolution is simply a theory like all science etc. Be afraid, be very afraid.

P.S. Cary SUCKS!


andrew said...

Two of our best friends here are political refugees from Richmond VA, and decided to move here after the 2000 election. They swear that the war is being fought still in Richmond. I've spent a littel bit of time there and I would agree, just in terms of how it is still remembered. Our friends are both artists and one has completed an excellent ironic series about the monuments in Richmond, where a staue of Arthur Ashe stands near statues of Jeb Stewart and RE Lee.