Aah, now I remember why I don’t like NJ Gov. Chris Christie — he’s a moron. It is pretty amazing that he could even make the argument that the civil rights unrest of the 1950s and 1960s could have been avoided by allowing states to vote on whether African Americans should have human rights. Really Chris? You honestly think some of these states, say like Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee would have rolled over and given blacks rights? Who the hell voted for this fool? This is an insult to the thousands of blacks who fought for racial justice and equality. Chris Christie needs a copy of the “Eyes on the Prize” book or watch the documentary. I can assure you he will realize how absolutely ridiculous his comments were.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says the turmoil of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s could have been avoided, had states simply put African-Americans’ rights and integration to a vote.
“People would have been happy to have referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South,” Christie said on Wednesday.
Christie was comparing the civil rights movement to the fight for same-sex marriage, calling for a referendum on gay marriage in New Jersey, rather than the passage of marriage equality by the legislature. Source
No offense meant to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, but I absolutely disagree when gay rights are compared to civil rights. Blacks had no rights. They couldn’t vote and segregation ruled the day. Chris Christie’s argument is comparable to the same argument made by Ron Paul against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The whole point of why there was widespread protests and civil disobedience was because Southern states voted NO to give blacks rights and hence the era of Jim Crow laws. It’s obvious that Chris Christie knows absolutely nothing about the Civil Rights era. If states had been allowed to carry out the laws according to how they saw fit, we would still have segregated lunch counters today in Alabama.