Defending “Systems”

On the heels of the Utah State Legislature passing school vouchers, an interesting public dialogue is also occurring in South Carolina, but with a twist.  In a southern state significantly more populated with African-Americans than Utah, the debate over school vouchers has taken on an added dimension, namely the introduction of the topic of slavery.

In Defending “Systems” and Freeing Slaves, Paul T. Mero, president of the Sutherland Insitute writes, “This interesting debate among our southern neighbors is relevant for our own public discussions…While certainly absent the horrific nature of the historic slavery experience, the voucher debate does possess similar moral and legal parallels.  Both histories are about the human experience, and both issues touch the core of what it means to be free.”