Why is nobody talking about what really matters in HB2?

mw002The Justice Department ruled that North Carolina’s HB2 bill is a violation of constitutional rights.  Well, zippy-do-da.   This comes off the Federal 4th Circuit’s decision in the state of Virginia, which said a case should be remanded back to a lower Court in where a transgender should be able to use the restroom and locker room of her expressed identity.  Previously, a schoolboard had denied her that privilege and a state court upheld the schoolboard’s decision.

North Carolina is somewhat different.  Added to the “bathroom” bill are two other laws: one designed to stop municipalities from increasing their local minimum wage and another striking down long established law allowing employees to sue for discrimination in state courts.mw

And, while it’s all well and good to argue over where someone urinates—the tragedy in North Carolina is that HB2 hurts the very least and most economically vulnerable among us.

Over a month- and- a- half has gone by and I’ve yet to see any significant media attention given to the other parts of HB2.  I can’t help but think that’s for a reason.

It’s easy to slap a transgender up on TV and have her talk about where she wants to pee’s but it’s a lot harder talking about the burden of proof and the difference between state and Federal court systems—let alone the cost associated with each.

Sadly, most media take the path of least resistance and go with the former.

Frankly, I could care less where or when a person uses the restroom.  But, I do care about North Carolina’s economic viability and the economic struggles of those who make the least—and sometimes work the hardest.  Sadly, those issues aren’t sexy enough to lead on the six o’clock news.

For example, the cost associated with concerts that have been lost due to HB2 and the impact on contractors who work those concerts such as t-shirts vendors, custodians and handlers haven’t been mentioned.   

It also doesn’t set well with me that as portions of HB2 are stuck down at the Federal level—it still leaves the most damaging parts still in place. 

The real winners in all of this will be the organizations and politicians that are fundraising and making money off the transgender bathroom issue.   Until the other issues in HB2 are addressed, the argument is incomplete.

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About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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One Response to Why is nobody talking about what really matters in HB2?

  1. Norman Smith says:

    I was wondering whether I was the only one really reading HB2 and the devastating sections of law that is not just on LGBT bathroom issues, but also the Constitutional rights and Privileges of the African-American and Hispanic- Americans…where is Janet Barnes For the African-American and Marschal Adame for the Hispanic Americans regarding HB2’s affect on their communities.

    I have lots to say but I will refrain until I converse with the Federal authorities here in Washington, DC. As you can see there are boycotts being planned, but none are speaking specifically….why not??

    Will follow up later when I hear from a more formal regulatory federal agency regarding the violations of their laws, regulations and State grant agreements.

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