North Carolina's Political U-Turn: Model of a Reborn Confederacy?
There was a time when North Carolina was a symbol of Southern enlightenment. Compared to the policies of the old "Solid South" -- Democratic, conservative, fervidly anti-civil rights -- the state embraced relatively progressive policies in such areas as education and race relations.
No longer. In the new, suddenly solid Republican South, the Tar Heel state is racing to lead the pack in conservative anti-city and implicitly anti-black politics.