Black conservatives issued sharp condemnations to President Obama’s press for transgender-bathroom rights in all schools across America that receive federal funding, saying his characterization of the matter as a civil-rights issue, akin to pulling the South out of Jim Crow discrimination, is of particular offense.
“Civil rights champions were not spat upon, beaten with police batons and sometimes murdered, for the right of men to go to the same restroom with little girls,” said Christopher Arps, a political consultant who works in the St. Louis area, in a written statement to the National Center for Public Policy Research.
Emery McClendon, a tea-party activist, said similarly.
“This is not a civil rights issue,” he said, decrying the Obama administration’s open door to men to enter women’s bathrooms. “It is a blatant abuse of people’s personal rights … [s]uch a move will destroy our schools as our children and grandchildren will be intimidated and confused.”
And this, from Nadra “Cap Black” Enzi, a New Orleans anti-crime activist: “As a black southern man who grew up fighting what I call ‘Jim Crow-lite’ in the 1970s-1980s in Savannah, Georgia, home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, I find the ridiculous transgender civil rights movement comparison insulting and disrespectful. Once again, the black experience is hijacked by individuals whose contempt and desperation is obvious: middle- and upper-income whites in search of artificial oppressed person status can do so without using our history to prop up delusional defenses.”
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And one more, from Derryck Green, a scholar in midst of completing his doctorate in theology and ministry at Azusa Pacific University: “Culturally normalizing and celebrating homosexuality and the redfinition of marriage through an unrelenting social program of dishonesty, at the expense of the traditional understanding and institution of marriage … is part of Obama’s transformational promise. So is his devotion to erasing the distinction between male and female by forcing the country into participating in the celebration of the mental and emotional illness of transgenderism. On its own merits, advancing this new and destructive social morality is problematic. That Barack Obama has done so by attaching this insanity to the legacy of civil rights, specifically that of Jim Crow segregation, trivializes everything the brave men and women experienced and sacrificed in the pursuit of social, economic and legal equality.”
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The critical voices all hailed from the NCPPR’s Project 21, an organization that gives policy voice to blacks with conservative viewpoints. And they took umbrage with Obama’s pro-transgender movement – which came via formal guidance from the Department of Education and the Justice Department that said schools that didn’t open restrooms to both genders faced a loss of federal funding – in more ways than one, as WND reported.
“As a minister of the Lord Jesus Christ, who happens to be black by His design, I am thoroughly outraged that Obama would think he could even suggest, no less implement, such madness as ‘gender identity’ and ‘transgender rights,'” said Reverend. Steven Louis Craft. “We in this nation are under satanic attack when people cannot even discern that there are only two sexes, male and female. How does Obama get the authority to decree that men can use women’s restrooms or be denied federal funding? This is nothing less than legalized blackmail.”
Gianno Caldwell, a Washington, D.C., lobby-firm manager, meanwhile, suggested safety was a major risk with this new guidance, and Congress ought to pass a law.
“Any male individual can claim an identity in the movement to follow a woman into the bathroom, thereby creating a harassing environment,” Caldwell said. “This must be stopped by Congress.”