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John Oliver: Civil War Wasn’t About States’ Rights, It Was The Right Of A State To Have Slavery

LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER: Confederate symbols are still celebrated despite the ugly history they symbolize. John Oliver suggests some representations of southern pride that involve less racism and more Stephen Colbert.

OLIVER: On that states’ rights argument, for the record, the Southern states were ardently states’ rights, but with some glaring exceptions. Notably, when Northern states passed laws to help protect runaway slaves the South wanted the federal government to override those states’ laws. So they loved states’ rights as long as they were the right states’ rights. The wrong states’ rights would be states’ wrongs, wrongs which would need to be righted by the right states’ rights. Look, to put it really simply they just wanted to own black people and they didn’t much care how. That’s a fact. …read more

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