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Pat McCrory Failed at Being a Governor. Now He’s Succeeding at Being a Racist.

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Former North Carolina GOP governor Pat McCrory lost re-election after putting the tar-heel state – and the nation – through years of anti-LGBT strife and discrimination. His support of the so-called “bathroom bill” that led Republican lawmakers to enact dictatorially punishing legislation stripping away civil rights from not only transgender people but many North Carolina citizens was beyond the pale. As his state lost millions in revenue he lost voters’ confidence, and ultimately, their votes and his job.

Now McCrory is doing what washed up politicians do best: political commentary.

On his radio show (audio below) Wednesday McCrory revealed he is not just anti-LGBT, he’s also anti-Black.

McCrory, mayor of Charlotte for 14 years before becoming a one-term governor, shared with his listeners how very uncomfortable and disturbed he is that Black people are getting elected in his North Carolina home town.

“We’ve become a very segregated political system in Charlotte-Mecklenburg (county),” McCrory began, complaining that Democrats control the city, “unlike the diversity that we had in the political system ten years ago.”

Make no mistake, McCrory is saying “Democrats” but he means Black people. And he’s calling Black people getting elected to city offices a “tremendous change in dynamics,” and one he isn’t happy about it.

“The Black Political Caucus has total control over the Democratic Party,” in Charlotte, McCrory claims.

“Because in the primaries the demographics is that the African American vote dominates the Democratic primary. So therefore if all elections in Charlotte-Mecklenburg are determined by the Democratic primary, all primaries are then determined by the Black Political Caucus. A small group of individuals who hand out flyers at the polling places like McCrorey YMCA,” the former governor railed. “And that determines the election for all of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.”

McCrory’s co-host Bo Thompson cut through the dog whistling.

“Charlotte Mecklenburg now has an African American sheriff. Police Chief. Fire Chief. Mayor. School Board Chair. City Manager. County Chair. Transportation CEO. And District Attorney,” Thompson explained.

“And they’re all qualified,” McCrory conceded. “They’re all liberal they’re all qualified. Color of skin should make no difference but the Black Political Caucus does consider color of skin when making recommendations,” he said, telegraphing that he’s not racist, but the Black Political Caucus is.

“And they totally abandoned the white male Democratic sheriff,” McCrory continued, carving out for himself the role of grieving white male.

WBTV explains that McCrory’s “analysis comes one day after Spencer Merriweather was elected to District Attorney and Garry McFadden won the sheriff’s race. It is the first time two African Americans have been elected to those offices in Mecklenburg County.”

But that’s just too much for Pat McCrory.

Meanwhile the former school board chair, Arthur Griffin, who heads up the Black caucus, tells WBTV, ”I think it’s a political dog whistle to say, ‘let’s engage in this racial politics thing,’ when in fact the evidence is absolutely clear that the Black Political Caucus engaged in public policy that’s good for all citizens.”

When those positions were held by white people was McCrory complaining about a lack of diversity?

Listen to McCrory’s remarks:

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Shadowy Right Wing Group One Step Closer to Overturning Arizona City’s New LGBTQ Civil Rights Protections

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A group hiding behind a two-page website that lists no actual persons or physical address has submitted enough signatures to get a repeal of Mesa, Arizona’s new LGBTQ civil rights protections law onto the ballot for the November 2022 election.

According to news reports no one seems to know who founded United for Mesa, a Political Action Committee created days after the Mesa City Council passed the non-discrimination ordinance. The website lists an email address, phone number, and P.O. Box.

“Give the People a Voice,” the website urges, meaning they believe citizens should vote on civil rights, something studies show overwhelmingly ends with the majority voting to deprive the minority of equal rights. It also claims the “Mesa City Council just passed an ordinance WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF MESA RESIDENTS,” which is false. In a representative democracy, citizens elect leaders to make these very decisions for them.

Calling the group “below-the-radar, with no official leaders or posted public meetings,” the East Valley Tribune reported last month that “Unofficial leaders like Barbara R. Parker rallied like-minded troops via Facebook and other outlets.”

“Thank you to every petition signer and gatherer who helped save Mesa!” Parker posted Thursday night.

“Thank the Lord! I have never seen so many people working so hard to get signatures,” wrote Paula Smith in a comment to Parker’s post. “It’s been amazing! I’m so thankful everyone’s hard work paid off!”

“Thank you everyone for going the extra distance, so we may all have a voice in such an important decision,” added Charmon Puhlmann, a bus driver for Mesa Public Schools.

Political consultant George Khalaf’s firm, The Arizona Republic reports, “is leading the referendum effort against the ordinance,” but it does not mention what, if any, relationship he has with United for Mesa.

Last year the Arizona Capitol Times reported Khalaf was a political consultant to Republican state Representative Nancy Barto, in an article discussing an anti-transgender bill.

An email to United for Mesa did not receive a response by press time.

 

 

 

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Florida One Step Closer to Banning Trans Girls From Sports With Bill Providing for ‘Reproductive Anatomy’ Examination

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Florida House Republicans have passed legislation that bans transgender girls from participating in girl’s sports, and allows anyone to dispute a student’s gender, which would legally result in an examination of “student’s reproductive anatomy.”

HB 1475, the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” passed along party lines in a 70-44 vote, Law & Crime reports.

“Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls may not be open to students of the male sex,” the legislation reads. The intent is to ban transgender girls or women on the “basis of students’ biological sex.”

The bill also says that if there is any “dispute” about a student athletes’ “biological sex,” it “shall be resolved by the student’s school or institution by requesting that the student provide a health examination and consent form or other statement signed by the student’s personal health care provider which must verify the student’s biological sex.”

“The health care provider may verify the student’s biological sex as part of a routine sports physical examination by relying only on one or more of the following: The student’s reproductive anatomy; The student’s genetic makeup; or The student’s normal endogenously produced testosterone levels.”

The legislation does not define “dispute,” who gets to file a dispute, or by what method a dispute should be filed or with what entity, or who has to pay for the exam. It leaves all that up to the State Board of Education.

In theory, a student who didn’t make the team and were to blame anyone who did could file a dispute and force that student athlete to have a genital examination.

House Republicans killed 18 proposed amendments, including one that would have removed the section providing for examination of a student’s reproductive anatomy.

The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep.. Kaylee Tuck (photo) must now go to the Senate, which also has a 24-16 GOP majority. If it passes, 2024 Republican presidential hopeful, Governor Ron DeSantis, would have to sign it into law.

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AZ Lawmakers Ban Teaching About ‘Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, or Gender Expression’ Without Parental Consent

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Lawmakers in the Arizona House and Senate have passed legislation that bans teaching students anything about “sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression” without first getting signed permission from a parent.

That means teaching about, for example, artist and Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci, astronaut Sally Ride, the founder of computer science, Alan Turing, or the late First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt – all of whom were LGBTQ – requires signed consent from a student’s parent.

In addition, sex education, should Republican Governor Doug Ducey sign SB 1456 into law, will also be banned until students reach fifth grade. After that, any teaching about “sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression,” requires “written consent from a student’s parent or guardian.”

The bill is so poorly written that a plain reading of it means that any teaching or discussion of sexual orientation requires advanced consent from the parent. Sexual orientation includes heterosexuality, which means that any teaching about, for example, heterosexual marriages.

The bill updates current law to read: “A public educational institution shall obtain signed, written consent from a student’s parent or guardian before…PROVIDING SEX EDUCATION INSTRUCTION OR INSTRUCTION REGARDING SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, OR GENDER EXPRESSION TO THE STUDENT. WHEN THE PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION SEEKS CONSENT, IT SHALL AT THE SAME TIME INFORM THE STUDENT’S PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN’S RIGHT TO REVIEW THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND ACTIVITIES.”

Also requiring written consent: any teaching about HIV/AIDS.

The ACLU says the legislation stigmatizes LGBTQ students:

The bill may be unconstitutional, and likely violates Biden administration policy, meaning the Dept. of Education could sue the state and withhold education funding.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

Image: Eleanor Roosevelt holding poster of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (in English), Lake Success, New York. November 1949. Photo by FDR Presidential Library & Museum via Flickr and a CC license

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