Six Weeks In To H.B. 2, And The Washington Post Finally Realizes What It’s About

When North Carolina passed the anti-trans ‘bathroom bill’, I noted this was a Trojan Horse:

Note the part I’ve emphasized:

HB 2, which passed in a special session, would set a statewide anti-discrimination policy, banning employers and businesses from discriminating against employees or customers based on their race, color, country of origin, religion, age or “biological sex.” The bill offers no protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and prevents local governments from passing any nondiscrimination policy that goes beyond the statewide standard.

The bill also pre-empts local employment ordinances governing wages, benefits, employee protections and leave policies. It would prevent schools from allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

The law also prohibits local ordinances regarding child labor.

Basically, assholes like businessman Art Pope used anti-LGBT bigotry to pass anti-worker legislation without a lot of people noticing (or caring–some people value their bigotry more than their welfare).

Well, six weeks after I wrote this, the Washington Post finally published a story recognizing the same thing.

My point is not claim that I’m SOOPAH SMAHT (I’m not). But the reason I figured this out is because I read the damn bill. It was three pages long and not very complicated. Yet the Post has been covering this story for weeks, and, as far as I can tell, no one really ever bothered to read the damn thing at the Post.

Moral of the story: always read the primary literature. Always.

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2 Responses to Six Weeks In To H.B. 2, And The Washington Post Finally Realizes What It’s About

  1. mrtoads says:

    Other moral? Don’t waste your time on the former newspaper trading under the name WaPo. Occasionally you’ll get Nuggets-O-Newz, but for every bit of actual, nutritious information, there’s a bucket-load of stuff that even USA Today might find a bit filler-rich and content-poor.

  2. Tom_b says:

    Those of us living under the fist of the NCGA hope the DoJ comes down hard on HB2 in its entirety. Due to the legal principle of severability, it may be easy to force the state to remove the Title 7/ Title 9 parts, but much more difficult to void the whole thing, but we hope they bring whatever legal resources they need to bear to accomplish that task.

    In addition to passing HB2, the GA is engaged in Rico-style racketeering; they are threatening American Airlines and other companies with loss of tax benefits if the companies continue to publicly oppose HB2. The GA is issuing to Charlotte sugar-coated “promises” of being willing to tweak HB2 if Charlotte renounces it’s now legally-dormant non-discrimination ordinance. Of course, if Charlotte were dumb enough to do that, they would considerably weaken their lawsuit against HB2; indeed, they would become complicit.

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