by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Art Pope is CEO of Variety Wholesalers, Inc., a company that operates retail stores throughout the Southeast. Mr. Pope is also a philanthropist, former state lawmaker, former budget director under Gov. Pat McCrory, and donor to local, state, and national Republican candidates. Apparently, his political activity does not sit well with the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE).
The photo below is from the NCAE’s official Flickr account. A sheet of paper on the wall of NCAE HQ lists Variety Wholesalers and stores operated by the company. Originally, someone wrote, “Do Not Shop Here!!” It appeared to be revised to read, “Try Not To Shop Here!!”