It hasn’t been long since I wrote A Story of Discrimination in Georgia. Well, because this is the American south, we now have the sequel, A Story of Big Government in North Carolina.
There’s this absolutely amazing city in North Carolina named Charlotte. The city encompasses the best things about life; art, entertainment, athletics, constant updates, and a vibrant and diverse community. In fact, I love this city so much that I named my blog after it.
Because Charlotte is a great city, our city council spent some time in 2015 working on a non-discrimination ordinance that would include gender and sexual orientation. They wanted to protect their citizens, as good leaders do.
After a lot of deliberation, protests, and the verbal assault of a young woman in the lobby, the ordinance failed, in part because trans people were excluded and liberal council members refused to turn their backs on part of their community.
A year later, Charlotte residents had voted in a new city council, one that cared about the people in the area enough to pass the ordinance. After long, repetitive, and somewhat silly deliberations, as noted on this site, the ordinance passed.
Charlotte was happy with their non-discrimination ordinance. There were some disgruntled out-of-towners, but the community at large went on with the knowledge that safety was a priority for their vulnerable members. All was well.
Enter: Big Government Overreach.
As soon as the ordinance was passed, state legislators were threatening this happy progressive city. They wanted the larger state government to have complete control over this community and other like it.
As fiscally responsible people do, these legislators called together a costly special session to attack the city. They created a bill banning any communities under their control from deciding that discrimination was unacceptable. The bill passed through the house, senate, and governor’s office all in a single day.
North Carolina residents and others around the country were horrified and saddened by what their government had done. Boycotts were suggested, the congressmen were called and informed that they’d lost voters, and the internet had its say with #WeAreNotThis, representing the sharp divide between the values of Charlotte’s citizens and those of their out of touch legislators on the other side of the state.
Of course, the most obvious course of action is a lawsuit. So the question remains, who wants to take the money that NC would rather pay to the court than to programs for the citizens that give their taxes without any say of how they’re being used?