Friday, June 3, 2016

Former ACLU GA exec director's manufactured bathroom story - UPDATED

Maya Dillard Smith
Maya Dillard Smith, executive director of the ACLU's Georgia chapter claims to have resigned last week because of the organization's unwillingness to even debate transgender accommodations. Smith's story is that she has had concerns ever since she and her daughters were in a bathroom in Oakland California when three transgender women (supposedly tall and with deep voices) entered. She has said:
My kids were visibly frightened. I was scared. And I was ill-prepared to answer their questions.
So why do I think that this is bullshit? For starters, the ACLU has not released a statement to the effect that Smith resigned over policy differences. The ACLU refuses to comment. This is often the case when someone is terminated. Secondly, what was she supposedly scared of? Were these transgender women menacing in any way? Or did they simply do what most people do when they go to a bathroom? What was the threat?


Of course Fox claimed that Smith resigned because of ED's guidance on Title IX which is probably just Fox nonsense.
The head of the ACLU's Georgia chapter resigned because of President Obama's transgender directive requiring public schools to allow students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
Blowhard Bill Donohue has the facts all wrong:
Three men over six feet tall invaded a women's bathroom in Atlanta, scaring the daylights out of young African-American girls. The victims' mother, Maya Dillard Smith, is furious.
Furious? We don't even know when the incident occurred (in California). Blowhard Bill goes on to write:
The ACLU is defending the aggressors, claiming that the men no longer consider themselves to be men; they call themselves transgender persons. 
Who said anything about aggressors? If we assume that the bathroom story is true (and I have my doubts) then this woman is transphobic. She is the one with the problem.

Updates
  1. I notified Blowhard Bill's PR person (nicely) about the error of fact at 2:42 EDT. The piece remains uncorrected and no one from the Catholic League has bothered to either thank me or inquire where I got the information from. Blowhard Bill Donohue, you see, is never wrong.
  2. After posting the piece I ran a few errands and I was thinking about the voluntary departure of key executives, particularly someone in a high profile position. The protocol is to work together to arrive at a mutually satisfactory press release. That did not seem to occur and the departure seemed abrupt. I am sticking with my belief that this lovely woman got canned and that all of this noise is a purposeful distraction.

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