In yet another sign of this country's march backward towards the Dark Ages, Right-wing Christians are now working to revise this nation's perception of slavery from "it was a crime against humanity" to "well, at least they had free housing."
The News and Observer of North Carolina is reporting
that Cary Christian School, one of the largest Christian schools in the area, has adopted a text entitled "Southern Slavery, As It Was," a book that provides biblical justification for slavery and asserts that slaves weren't treated as badly as people think. Rather, the text describes slaves as living "a life of plenty, of simple pleasures." The book is co-authored by Steve Wilkins
, a board member of the Alabama-based League of the South, an organization classified as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Cary's principal, Larry Stephenson, justifies the use of the text by claiming that, "You can have two different sides, a Northern perspective and a Southern perspective." And Cary parents seem to agree, suggesting that it is narrow-minded, if not downright propagandistic, to teach schoolchildren only one side of the slavery story.
Well shut The Peach's mouth and pass the grits! Perhaps there are "alternative" perspectives on lynching and Jim Crow laws as well, to which we have unfairly been giving short shrift in our school curricula. Given the current direction of our nation, we wouldn't be a bit surprised to see those turning up in Cary's textbooks in the near future. Stay tuned.