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.
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.
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.