The Charlotte Observer’s Taylor Batten looks at a champion of North Carolina’s “It’s Okay To Hate the Gay” law and realizes he’s seen it all before. A nugget:
Those politicians who thundered against civil rights in the 1950s and ’60s did so because many white Southerners applauded them, and those who knew better too often stayed silent. The public’s fear-fueled support, and good people’s acquiescence, allowed blacks to be deprived of equal rights for far too long.
Now (state senator Buck–ed.) Newton, who is running to be North Carolina’s attorney general, bellows about “how hard we must fight to keep our state straight.” He invokes the threat that those who oppose state-sanctioned discrimination against gays will “expose our wives and our sisters and our children to the sexual predators in the bathrooms.” He says that “the folks that wave the rainbow flags” need to get used to “the way things have always been in this state.” Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.
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