The fight to allow men in women's restrooms and changing rooms is being hailed as the new "civil rights" battle of our time. But several black leaders are offended at the comparison.
Americans are being asked to believe that the effort to normalize and legitimize transgenderism is the same as the long struggle for civil rights in the U.S. American Family Association's public policy analyst Abraham Hamilton III says they're nothing alike.
"There has not been one individual who's been lynched for being transgender in America. There's not one person who's been pulled over for driving while transgender. I mean, that doesn't happen," says Hamilton. "There's not been one person who's had dogs 'sicced' on them by police [for being transgender]. Those things are not synonymous."
Derryck Green, a member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network, concurs.
"The physical and emotional abuse blacks endured under segregation, on a good day, are in no way analogous to the adulation and 'rights' that those who suffer from gender dysphoria are experiencing and receiving," he states. "For the Obama administration to say as much insults the intelligence, and brazenly disrespects the tradition of, the black civil rights movement."
Hamilton points out that the civil rights struggle was led by the church – a clarion moral call that he says is lacking today.
"The failure of black leaders to stand up and destroy the notion that this homosexual and sexual deviancy agenda is synonymous with the civil rights struggle has helped allow this agenda to not only progress but to grow legs and run," he tells OneNewsNow.
Schools threatened with a club
The federal government gives Title I funds to more than 50,000 schools across the nation, which in turn provide things like after-school and summer programs and remedial education, not to mention free and reduced-cost meals to more than 21 million low-income students per year. The administration's mandate (issued on Friday) for all public schools to allow children into opposite-sex bathrooms carries with it the threat to withhold those funds.
AFA's Hamilton says that's just about the only club the Obama administration has to force schools to allow cross-gender use of school restrooms and locker rooms. "The president is effectively snatching food out of the mouth of students should the schools not capitulate to his radical, social reengineering, sexual deviancy agenda," says the policy analyst – adding that he's disgusted President Obama is using mostly minority schools as a social-engineering petri dish.
"Not only does the president support this radical LGBTQ agenda, he's now forcing America's parents and their children to embrace it."
African-American leader Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church (Beltsville, Maryland) agrees. "It's not even about access to bathrooms or laws," he says. "They have an agenda to mainstream themselves and then to make you like it."
According to Jackson, homosexual activists have always been bullies, but he believes this time they may have gone too far for the American people.
"They look behind the curtain and they find out that the wizard isn't that scary at all," he illustrates. "I do think that it has been inevitable that eventually these guys would overreach."
Jackson contends the American people won't stand for advancing the radical "gay" agenda on the backs of the poorest minority communities in the country.
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