WASHINGTON – The late journalist Irving Kristol defined a conservative as “a liberal who has been mugged by reality.”
After the reality of letting men use the women’s restroom hit too close to home for a prominent member of the American Civil Liberties Union, there may be a new conservative in Georgia.
Maya Dillard Smith, interim director of the Georgia chapter of the ACLU, resigned after her own young daughters were traumatized by having to share a bathroom with grown men.
“I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a women’s restroom when shortly after three transgender young adults, over six feet [tall] with deep voices, entered,” she said in a statement.
“My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer,” she added.
Explaining her resignation, Smith questioned the ACLU’s support of legislation favored by the transgender lobby.
The African-American mother accused the ACLU of having become “a special interest organization that promotes not all, but certain progressive rights.”
She also said the rights the group chooses to support are “based on who is funding the organization’s lobbying activities.”
The ACLU’s North Carolina chapter is suing that state, trying to overturn a law requiring people to use restrooms corresponding to their biological sex.
“I found myself principally and philosophically unaligned with the organization,” Smith said of her former employer.
“I understood it to be the ACLU’s goal to delicately balance competing rights to ensure that any infringements are narrowly tailored, that they do not create a hierarchy of rights, and that we are mindful of unintended consequences,” she added.
“I believe there are solutions that can provide accommodations for transgender people and balance the need to ensure women and girls are safe from those who might have malicious intent,” Smith concluded.
Whether the former ACLU director has had a full-fledged conversion to conservatism or just a change of heart on this one issue is unclear.
According to LifeSiteNews, Smith, who has called herself “unapologetically black” and a “progressive,” has an extensive liberal pedigree.
The website reports she has a degree in economics from Berkeley, a masters degree from Harvard, and has worked for the famously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the California Supreme Court.
Smith has already created a website, Finding Middle Ground, to provide a “safe space” for discussion about the issue.
The website is titled, “Finding Middle Ground – A Safe Space To Communicate About Civil Rights for All,” and features just a video and a request for contact information.
The video begins by asking, “What are transgender rights?”
It then features a young African-American girl in a park, sitting on a swing set, who says, “Boys in a girls’ bathroom?” She pauses to think, then adds, “I don’t know about that.”
She then adds, “There’s some boys who feel like they are girls on the inside. And there are some boys who are just perverts.” The girl then giggles and covers her mouth.
The girls reappears later in the video and says of a transgender child, “I don’t want him to be uncomfortable in the boys’ bathroom, either. I don’t want them to be uncomfortable anywhere. But, what about me, too?”
Comments for the video have been disabled, and it may not be hard to see why. LifeSite News reported, “A transgender activist, a biological male who goes by the name Cheryl Courtney-Evans, responded to the resignation by calling Dillard Smith ‘lazy,’ ‘ill-educated,’ and a ‘b–ch’ who needs to sit down and ‘STFU.'”