You are correct in that it is a slippery slope - but it's more - it's an orchestrated attempt to punish the South once again. It's the start of cultural identity genocide.
Just like when the United States took the little Native American children and schooled them in era clothing and insisted that they attend schools that taught what other American schools taught. "Cultural assimilation" we called that.
Fascinating to see how it's rearing its ugly head again. I suppose it will be another 100 years before society admits it made another mistake.