Video spoofing North Carolina’s new Jim Crow law gets 3 million views in 24 hours

North Carolina's Jim Crow Law
Some of the worlds most amazing beaches are an hour away.
North Carolina's Jim Crow Law
Some of the world’s most amazing beaches are only an hour away from Greenville NC.

“A special message from the North Carolina tourism board, “Funny or Die wrote in the facebook share. “reminding you of all the fun straight things you can do in their beautiful, intolerant state”.

Well, for the record a lot of the states people do care. But the video does make a valid point about North Carolina’s Jim Crow law and a lot of people are listening to it. 2.8 million since it was posted to be exact. If you care about the human condition there are a lot of vacation destinations other than North Carolina.

Tourism demand sustained 397,714 jobs, according to a 2013 report and generating nearly 9.2% of the state’s GNP and $3.0 billion in state and local taxes and $3.1 billion in Federal taxes in 2013.

North Carolina's Jim Crow Law
Reportedly seen in NC

The anti-transgender bathroom trope employed by conservatives has long been used to foment hate and fear of black people in North Carolina. This vitriolic meme has since morphed into the bathroom-centric North Carolina Jim Crow Law we see today. Gillian Frank at Slate connected the dots after the Houston HERO fiasco…

The implications of this rhetoric unspooled in private correspondence and conversation. “I do not want to share a public restroom with black or white hippie males,” wrote one Floridian woman in 1973 to a Florida state senator. In North Carolina, a woman legislator overheard a male colleague state: “I ain’t going to have my wife be in the bathroom with some big, black, buck!” The intersection of race, gender, and sexuality was apparent to ERA proponents, including the legislative assistant to Florida’s governor. This assistant tried to explain these racial roots in a letter to one ERA opponent: “Many critics of the Equal Rights Amendment have used the idea of an ‘integrated’ restroom to illustrate their fear of the proposed Amendment. This idea comes from the Brown v. Board of Education case of 1954.”

Now I’m not about hurting anyone, especially the beautiful people of the North Carolina fiscally because of a few bigoted politicians.

But being trans the last place I would step foot in, would be North Carolina at the moment. I know I’d have to use the bathroom, so at some point in my vacation and me being as outspoken as I am I’d end up in jail.

This makes me incredibly sad. I’m a former east coast beach lover and have such amazing memories of NC hospitality.

The good people of Greenville North Carolina understand this completely, tourism is important to the city’s economy. The city council was in the process of revamping their nondiscrimination ordinances to reflect the citizens natural welcoming nature when their state representative voted for NC Jim Crow law.

“We are trying to make Greenville a welcoming and progressive city and the legislature just took action that will make it much more difficult to accomplish that,” said Uriah Ward, executive director of the non-profit advocacy group New Greenville, and a former legislative candidate.

Ward said it is the understanding of local activists that the city of Greenville is updating its hiring process and would include language preventing discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people. Ward said activists wanted to approach the city of Greenville about adopting an ordinance that allowed individuals to use the restroom facilities of the sex they identify with in city-owned facilities.

“We thought it would be a long-term thing, looking a year or two down the line, but we thought it would be a step to take to make Greenville a welcoming, an inclusive city,” Ward said.

On Thursday Ward released a statement criticizing Pitt County’s Republican representatives, Dr. Greg Murphy and Susan Martin, for supporting the legislation.

“These debates are meant to take place at the local level so that we as citizens can grapple with their complexities and come to the conclusions that best fit our own cities and towns,” Ward said. “But if they feel as if they absolutely must meddle in the affairs of our municipalities, I would like to encourage them to promptly resign from the legislature and prepare to run for city council in 2017.”

North Carolina's Jim Crow LawMartin on Friday discussed the issue in an email update to constituents.

“I voted for House Bill 2 because Charlotte’s ordinance would have violated the privacy of others,” Martin said. “As a mother of two daughters, I realize that the issue at heart is simple: men should not use ladies restrooms and locker rooms. This was wrong and we stopped it.”

Martin went on to cite news report of a Seattle man who entered a woman’s locker room at a local pool, took off his shirt and declared he had a right to be in there. According to one Seattle television news report, the man never identified himself as a woman.

  • Authorities from  dozen’s of states and municipalities where trans-inclusive public accommodation laws have been enacted reported in 2014 and again in 2015 that there has never been a single instance of an individual using that law as an excuse to commit a crime. They also reported that they hadn’t observed an uptick in crimes committed by cisgender people that could be attributable in any way to said law.

“House Bill 2 applies to public facilities and protects the freedom of private companies.”Martin said.” Contrary to what you may have heard, private companies can have any kind of employment and workplace policies they want to have,” Martin said. “Whereas Charlotte wanted to impose its beliefs on private companies, we believe private companies should be free to decide their own beliefs and enact any policies consistent with federal and state law protections.” said Representative Martin

Well, that is certainly untrue. From HB2

§ 143-422.12. Places of public accommodation – defined.
For purposes of this Article, places of public accommodation has the same meaning as defined in G.S. 168A-3(8), but shall exclude any private club or other establishment not, in fact, open to the public.

G.S. 168A-3(8) “Place of public accommodations” includes, but is not limited to, any place, facility, store, other establishment, hotel, or motel, which supplies goods or services on the premises to the public or which solicits or accepts the patronage or trade of any person.

North Carolina’s “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act” segregates people based on their birth certificate by requiring that they use separate public accommodations. This was done by removing from state statues ‘sex’ as defined in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and replacing it with ‘biological sex’.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States[5] that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.[6] It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (known as “public accommodations“). Source Wikipedia

North Carolina lawmakers learned from the Indiana Religious Restoration battle that by allowing the public to become involved or even informed about what they were doing would be a mistake for them.

Even before the Charlotte City Council approved the ordinance Gov. Pat McCrory said he thought there should be a special legislative session to overturn the bathroom provision. McCrory planned for this blitz during the regular when normal rules would apply

The The Atlantic reported thatWhat exactly would be in the bill remained a mystery almost up to the moment the session gaveled in—the text was made public just minutes ahead of time.

So in a matter of hours they rammed this bill through both houses and under a cloud of secrecy and disinformation they spirited it to the governor who signed it. This wasn’t democracy by any stretch of the imagination. This more closely resembles Orwellian dystopic totalitarianism. And that’s scary.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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