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A few days ago, we were told that we dare not object to Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s charge that girls who’d rather not be naked in locker rooms with naked men are like little Bull Connors.
The comparison is ridiculous. But it’s even more ridiculous to contend that a speaker, particularly a cabinet-level federal official, is immune from counter-argument in the public square because someone else has arbitrarily decreed that the speaker possesses fully-vested, impenetrable Absolute Moral Authority (AMA).
But what happens when someone whose claim to AMA is even more compelling enters the row?
The Charlotte Observer — infamous for its naked anti-HB2 mouthpiecery, especially for its recent “little girls just need to learn to love seeing naked men and naked men seeing them naked in locker rooms” face-plant editorial — to its credit published yesterday “I fought for civil rights. It is offensive to compare it with the transgender fight.” by Civil Rights hero Clarence Henderson.
Let us be clear: HB2 cannot be compared to the injustice of Jim Crow. In fact, it is insulting to liken African Americans’ continuing struggle for equality in America to the liberals’ attempt to alter society’s accepted norms.
Recently, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch compared HB2 to Jim Crow. Jim Crow laws were put into place to keep an entire race positioned as second-class citizens. HB2 simply says that men and women should use the restroom of their biological sex in government buildings and schools. This comparison is highly offensive and utterly disrespectful to those families and individuals who have shed blood and lost lives to advance the cause of civil rights. I take this as a personal slap in the face because I was an active participant in the civil rights movement.
In 1960, I participated in the sit-in at the Woolworth Diner in Greensboro. As a student attending North Carolina A&T University, I experienced the cruel, vicious reality of segregation first hand.
Mic drop follows:
During the Jim Crow Era, we stared down the nozzle of firehoses, felt the piercing bite of police dogs, dangled from trees after being strung up by an angry mob, all because of the color of our skin. Our businesses were burned, churches bombed, communities destroyed, all because of the color of our skin. We had to drink at separate water fountains, shop at different stores and even had to sit at the back of the bus, all because of the color of our skin. All this and more took place after enduring 400 years of arguably the most heinous crime in history – slavery.
In comparison, transgender individuals do not have to fight dogs, can shop anywhere and can use any water fountain. They are free to work, shop and ride the bus. And to my knowledge, they have not experienced 400 years of slavery and the ongoing fight for parity 151 years after emancipation.
This point is very similar to one I have made in at least two places. Here at Ricochet in “The Opposite of the Civil Rights Movement”:
Civil rights marchers were met with police batons, fire hoses, and tear gas. Pride parades get Fortune 500 sponsorship, celebrity grand marshals, and gushing media.
African Americans were systematically dehumanized. Gay activists are lionized by every powerful cultural institution and wealth center in America.
The civil rights movement came up from under, and was won with blood. The campaign to redefine marriage and elevate sexual license over constitutionally-protected freedoms is a product of the elites in entertainment, government, and the Ivory Tower.
And more recently this week in a Vice News piece (language warning if you follow the link):
the opposition to girls’ and women’s locker room privacy includes the full force of the $4 trillion federal government, nearly the entire roll call of Fortune 500 companies, Big Media, Big Entertainment, and Charles Barkley, among others.
The point is, the power imbalance was clearly tipped in favor of a vicious government regime that dehumanized God’s image bearers in the decades — even centuries — leading up to the Civil Rights movement. Today, government and every other powerful political, corporate, and cultural force is aligned with the activists who are demanding that men be given free and unchallenged access to the most intimate settings reserved for women who simply want privacy.
So who wins? The Harvard lawyer who holds the most feted position in the American legal profession who says HB2 is Jim Crow 2.0? Or a man who literally risked his life during the height and heat of the Civil Rights movement who says it’s not even close?
Well, neither, based purely on “experience criteria.” When we are talking about a free and open public debate, the person who is telling the truth wins.
Demanding a newly-invented “right” to observe naked people of the opposite sex is objectively unlike asking to not be hanged on a public walkway for voting or getting a drink three yards in the wrong direction.
The person telling the truth is Clarence Henderson. Mr. Henderson wins.