Growing up during the Jim Crow era introduced many to the virulent racism of the South. Negroes were not allowed to use the same bathrooms as whites. Now with the hysteria transgender bathroom use sweeping through the country it is not difficult to draw a parallel with blacks being banned from public facilities including bathrooms.

Less than 50 years ago in some places in the United States blacks were still relegated to separate facilities, which often meant an "outhouse" for some unfortunate soul. Even after the Civil Rights Bill became law, states like Texas, Alabama and Georgia continued to have segregated bathrooms for another five to six years into the 1970s.

Fast forward 45 years and once again some of the most racist states are suing the United States government over bathroom privileges. As much as these states try to drape the Constitution and Christianity over bogus arguments and failure to check facts, once again it boils down to bigotry and common prejudice.

Now, 12 of the most racist states in the union are suing the federal government because of the administration’s directive that schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify. Those states include Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arizona, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia as well as Wisconsin and Maine.

The Race Card

Where does race fit in all of this? As mentioned previously, every state in the suit maintained Jim Crow laws well past the signing of the Civil Rights bill in 1964. White and Colored bathrooms continued to exist in the South well until the early 70s. Now that the transgender issue came about the same states known for their virulent opposition to human rights are repeating their history draping the constitution and “family values” around an issue they don’t understand and have made no attempt to understand.

There is Supreme Court position waiting for a new judge. Yet, the media ignores that knowing this particular story has no legs. If the media wanted to do some real journalism, they'd let it be known that nearly 9 of 10 cases of sexual abuse, molestation and rape happen in the home. In almost 75% of cases, the offender is known to the child such as a family member, family friend or church pastor. More than 95% sexual molestation offenses are committed by white men.

Dubious Danger

About the only people being assaulted in public restrooms are transgender individuals by heterosexuals. In fact, a child has a higher chance of being sexually molested by a preacher, pastor or minister.

This sets the stage for a small civil rights investigation as the States suing the government over an executive for bathroom "equity" have a hideous record of treating over human rights and ignore important problems in their own backyards such as poverty, lack of insurance, murder rates and more while trying to score political points.

The suit seems little more than a “political stunt” and a hidden begging act, as states not complying stand to lose millions of dollars in federal funding from the government those states filing the suit claim to hate so much.

Must Be the Money

The lawsuit isn’t about student safety, traditional roles or even religious values. The suit is little more than a cloaking device to hide the real purpose of the fear of losing federal funds. The loss of federal funds seems to have a large effect on just how sacred bathroom privileges are worth. For instance, December 2015, the school district in Palatine, Ill., agreed to allow a transgender girl to use the girls’ locker room after the Education Department threatened to withhold $6 million in federal funds.

Title IX

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Standing on Shaky Ground

Politicians never let the facts in the way of trying to make “political hay” from a situation they make clear they know nothing about. It’s past time to bring to bring some realism to the transgender lunacy. “Experts in 12 states—including law enforcement officials, government employees, and advocates for victims of sexual assault—have debunked the right-wing myth that sexual predators will exploit transgender non-discrimination laws to sneak into women's restrooms, calling the myth baseless and "beyond specious.”

The GOP Card

It is also interesting to note that all of the states joining the lawsuit Republican dominates the legislatures and governorships. That note ties neatly to the not too subtle antisexual notion of the GOP. It also ties to racialism of the GOP. As much as the Republicans might want to shed that image, there are multiple reasons that the label sticks including divisionary politics and its treatment of President Obama.

Now, these same Republicans have placed their states directly in the face of federal lawsuits and the potential loss of millions of dollars, politicians from the most racist and homophobic states in the union.

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on June 21, 2016 at 6:11am

I had to add "one more thing." I recently returned from Europe and many wonder what all the fuss is about. I didn't ask to talk about it,I was questioned. The question that came up again again was how could so many Americans think Donald Trump was worthy of anything. I had no answer.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on June 10, 2016 at 11:18am

My suggestion to those in the United States is to look to Europe.

Comment by Michael Penn on June 9, 2016 at 7:16am

I keep reading nonsense on this issue posted by famous singers and lots of others. I'm asking myself if people are crazy? Just where is it that they believe these people were going to the bathroom before? Once that is understood properly everything simply falls in place. Dog whistle remarks fall by the wayside.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on May 30, 2016 at 9:55pm

Daniel--It is all a smokescreen for the usual bigotry we all know exists and where it exists. Sometimes I wonder why I let these things bother me so much, but I've been writing for years and it always seems to come back to how people treat other people. Poor people don't exist as far as most politicians care. Veterans are just used up soldiers to be replaced by new models who will come back like Oldsmobiles. In the so-called greatest countries on earth, people die every day from of all things--starvation. And, the beat goes on. On transgender bathroom use, I have to wonder who is looking at what the person next to them is pissing with. I see fathers and daughter in restrooms all the time before all this mess started.. Where else is he going to take her> He could wander in the woman's restroom, but that would be something that would just as bad walking into that bathroom by himself without the little girl. So, he takes her into the men's bathroom, goes into a stall and they come out, wash their hands and leave. That's it.It's been happening for all of my life.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on May 29, 2016 at 11:30pm

Joan--Thank you very much! I guess my early stent in print journalism has stayed with me. I was in the profession for 11 years until I sold out for money! O hell.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2016 at 9:29pm

Donald, your rants are splendid! You don't mince words or dance around an unpleasant topic. You take it on, full blast, and well you should! 

David Silverman calls style such as yours as "firebrand". I like a firebrand. 

Comment by Donald R Barbera on May 29, 2016 at 7:14pm
Michael--it's "dog whistle" politics. Words like homosexuals, immigrants, Muslims are just a f ew to bring out the faithful bigots. Donald is dr awing those people out of the woodwork like cockroaches. since the GOP took the place of Southern Democrats of noted racist Strom Thurmond Richard Nixon's Southern Str at egg has been in place. Then came Ronald Reagan who refined it a bit. By the time the Bush's got hold of it it had be en perfected. Of course The Donald has screw Ed it up because it is supposed to be subtle, a word Trump the narcissist in unfamiliar w ith.
Comment by Michael Penn on May 29, 2016 at 6:58pm

I understand. I had one word wrong on the other reply, tried to correct it and got the whole thing deleted instead.

Starting with civil rights and going into Sundown towns (I'm 5 miles away from one) I had went into Bill O'Reilly and him interviewing a woman on his program about the current transgender bathrooms. He would hardly let her speak, and she told him so. O'Reilly guesses that the transgendered people are maybe 1% to 3% of the population, so this means the government is wanting to hijack everyone to get its way. That's how Bill explains it.

The problem is that the right wing will not tell the truth here. They make a big issue out of a non-issue. Transgendered people have always went to the bathroom with all of us from the very beginning. They may want to hide it in some ways but the GOP is still a home of Jim Crow, only today it takes yet another direction. I'm surprised that any intelligent person could vote for this nonsense.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on May 29, 2016 at 6:20pm
Michael--I was in the Army from 1968-1971. I saw plenty. I played semi-pro baseball and man of the places we played were Sundown Towns. Interesting, there was a code we had on the team and that was not to humiliate an all white team. We always called off the dogs early even though the thoughts were otherwise. It was not safe. Had to be gone before the sun set. We brought our own water and pissed in the woods. No choice.
Comment by Donald R Barbera on May 29, 2016 at 6:09pm
I'm not through with the "piss panthers." They're just plain old bigots.

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