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When tyranny of the majority becomes an act of victimhood
Kami Mueller, spokeswoman for the North Carolina Republican Party, recently gave a couple of bizarre interviews in defense of House Bill 2. The controversial piece of legislation has driven business out of the state. Just this week, the NCAA and the ACC revealed that, due to HB2, they would be moving all of their championship basketball games for the 2016-2017 season out of North Carolina. Earlier this year, the NBA made a similar decision in which they decided to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina. This has driven supporters to become more vocal in their defense of the law.
However, this has only resulted in the N.C. GOP sticking its foot in its mouth. First, while being questioned by a Charlotte news channel about HB2, Mueller made a string of offhand comments.
“It’s my opinion that the vast majority of critics of HB2 have not read the legislation itself and I think that’s a reflection of our culture today so if you’re out there and you are a critic of HB2 and you have not read it, I encourage you to do so so that you can gather the truth for yourself. So that’s the first thing on the list: read the legislation before you’re commenting on it.”
This may be true but the reality of this situation is that HB2 is a mere five pages (you can read it here) that was pushed through the General Assembly in a driveby of a special session where some legislators complained that they weren’t even given adequate time to look over it before it was passed and signed by Governor McCrory.
“HB2 only affirms our state constitution so there’s not a lot that actually changed when HB2 was signed by Governor McCrory and, again, if you read the law, you’ll see that this is just common sense legislation that protects women, children, and--may I add--businesses in our state so there’s nothing discriminatory about it.”
There are a multitude of things wrong with this statement. Even if HB2 affirms our state constitution, federal judges, as well as the U.S. Attorney General, have declared that HB2 violates our federal constitution. HB2 also strips municipalities of their power to possess and enforce their own nondiscrimination ordinances. Since when has that amounted to “nothing discriminatory”? I’d also like to add that none of this makes sense even though the assumption is frequently made that it’s “common sense”.
“I think if there are fathers out there, this is just common sense and it hits you at your core. You don’t want your wife, your mom, your grandma, or your little girl being placed in a situation where a man is going to come in and see them undressed.”
Under HB2, transgender men, who identify as men and have taken the steps necessary to transition into men, are forced to use the women’s restroom. This law doesn’t protect anyone. It just makes for very awkward situations where men will be forced to use women’s restrooms and women will be forced to use men’s restrooms. You can be a wife, a mom, a grandma, or a little girl and be transgender. The notion that transgender people are automatically a threat to someone’s safety because of their gender identity is ludicrous and out of touch with reality. Bathrooms in North Carolina are now more unsafe than ever before, especially for transgender and gender nonconforming people. Besides, Kami Mueller doesn’t really seem like the best spokesperson for women anyway.
I won’t break down other statements made and each logical fallacy being committed with them but one thing is apparent: Kami Mueller wants to erase any notion that transgenderism and gender dysphoria are actually things that exist. Instead, she wants to cast a false net of victimhood over the entire cisgender community by implying that all transgender and gender nonconforming people are threats to the public-at-large’s safety.
Going even further, she wants North Carolinians to start fearing their transgender and gender nonconforming neighbors who only make up roughly 0.35% of the state’s population. Even more alarming is the fact that Mueller’s campaign targets a demographic that is largely made up of teenagers. Of the 37,000 transgender people that call North Carolina home, 42% are teenagers.
Transgender and gender nonconforming people are so scary to Kami Mueller that it’s worth the state losing over $400 million worth of business over. It’s worth ravaging local economies that depend on tourism. It’s worth North Carolina’s regional, national, and international reputation.
Although a majority of North Carolinians find House Bill 2 to be damaging to the state and overall unnecessary, Kami Mueller and her small fringe operation have continued to cast themselves and “women and children” as victims of rape and sexual assault at the hands of solely transgender and gender nonconforming people. This horribly insensitive act of self-victimization is just a distraction from the real perpetrators of sexual crimes. It’s time to start getting serious about the safety of all people in our state and that will only happen once HB2 is repealed.