Farnsworth explains the meaning of “states’ rights.” A nugget:
States Rights was regularly trotted out over the 20thCentury whenever those black people wanted to go to integrated schools, wanted to get paid a decent wage at a job with safe working conditions, wanted to walk down the street without fear, wanted to vote. The good ole boys in the South would get outraged and scream that supporting and encouraging those actions violated their sacrosanct concept of States Rights.
This speaking in code is called “Dog Whistle Politics”, and the Republicans have elevated it an art form.
The next time someone says, “because states’ rights” to you, ask him, the state’s right to do just exactly what to whom?