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Unbelievably, this conflation between skin color and sexual orientation surfaced during the recent unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina. In an interview with historian Brenda Tindal, Public Radio International’s John Hockenberry suggested that protesters and rioters who took to the street following the police shooting of Lamont Scott were actually angry about—get this—the new transgender bathroom law! Are you kidding me?I have no idea whatsoever if someone is kidding Mr. Stonestreet. I am even less cognizant of what his point is. The actual quote from Hockenberry isn't there but it might be helpful — it might not.
This kind of race-exploitation has infected even the highest levels of government. Back in May, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed a lawsuit against North Carolina to force accommodation on the transgender bathroom issue. “It was not so very long ago,” she then lectured the nation, “that states, including North Carolina, had other signs above restrooms, water fountains and public accommodations, keeping people out based on a distinction without a difference.”AG Lynch did say that. It was a proud moment for her that is aligned with many African-American leaders and organizations including Rep. John Lewis, the NAACP, the late Julian Bond and the Black Congressional Caucus to name just a few.
It’s a line that has won the LGBT movement virtually endless mileage. Nobody wants to be on the wrong side of today’s equivalent of the Civil Rights struggle, or to be viewed like racists by future generations.Stonestreet keeps saying that they are not the same but he never gets to explaining why. But he has a cite or two:
But the fact remains, the two issues are just not the same. And black leaders—many of whom fought for the right to be treated as equal human beings decades ago—keep telling us this.
“The language of ‘civil rights’ shouldn’t be hijacked to give privileges to the politically vocal while taking away freedoms” for everyone else, said Bishop Patrick Wooden at a gathering of black faith leaders in Raleigh. And Pastor Leon Threatt of Christian Faith Assembly in Charlotte, agreed: “Restrooms and showers separated by biological sex is common sense.”Wooden is a notorious bigot who does pretty much what Stonestreet does. They both say that color and sexuality are different with respect to civil rights but they don't explain why. Stonestreet never gets there. Rather, it's off to Walt Heyer:
Other African American leaders upset with the attorney general have pointed out something I told you here on BreakPoint recently: Research shows the vast majority of gender dysphoric children will later abandon those feelings, and transgender individuals who “transition” from one sex to the other frequently have second thoughts.Walt Heyer is a piece of work who is clearly in the minority. He is also in his mid to late 70s and conditions have changed.
One of those folks is Walter Heyer. Writing at Public Discourse last Tuesday, Heyer insists based on his own experience that in contrast to race, “people are not born transgender. And those who “wholeheartedly believe that they need a sex change…often…change their mind and go back.” He adds that the emotional devastation of buying the transgender lie can take a lifetime to heal.
The Civil Rights comparison will continue to crop up, but we’ve got to vocally and repeatedly point out why it’s false. Sexual urges don’t determine who we are, and recognizing the fact that God created us male and female isn’t racism. It’s reality.
The histories are different. African-Americans (including LGBT Blacks) experienced an 18th century holocaust and came here as slaves. Imprinted in my Jewish DNA is the 20th century Holocaust. Come to think of it we just ushered in the year 5777. We have experienced nearly 6,000 years of oppression (Donald Trump scares the hell out of most of us). However, civil rights are constitutional matters most often associated with the 14th Amendment and its Due Process and Equal Protection clauses.
In 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges ruled that gay citizens have a constitutional right to marry a same-sex partner. To get there the Court determined a year earlier in United States v. Windsor that gays merit quasi heightened scrutiny. We are an historically oppressed minority with an immutable characteristic. The same applies to transgender citizens and it has nothing to do with fluidity (over which people have no control). Within our community transgender citizens lag gays in the area of civil rights.
Eventually the Equality Act will pass and LGBT citizens will receive federal protection from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. Stonestreet will be profoundly unhappy. He will likely continue to sputter something about choice but he will be relegated to irrelevance. Right now Stonestreet is en route.