brni (brni) wrote,
brni
brni

wondering

How many civil rights would have found support under the local popular referendum model of recognizing basic rights at the time those fights were being fought?

End of slavery?
Voting rights for African-Americans or other racial minority groups?
Integration?
Interracial marriage?
Voting rights for women?
Equal treatment under the law for racial minorities and women?

Basic human rights are not a matter of popular opinion, which can always be manipulated through fear and doubt to incite all of our worst bigotries.

This is something that needs to be dealt with nationally, from an enlightened leadership.

Pity all we have is sheep and wolves.
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