Much has been made lately (and rightfully so) concerning the passage of an anti-LGBT law in North Carolina that’s considered one of the most strict and discriminatory in the country. Not only does it legalize blatant discrimination, but it actually prevents individual cities or towns from trying to pass their own laws to protect LGBT rights.
Though the law is already bringing about fairly severe economic problems as well as the potential for even bigger ones. While these sorts of ignorant laws aren’t exactly a new thing, due to the severity of what this law does, there’s been quite the negative reaction by many celebrities, bands and businesses.
Well, yesterday I read possibly the best takedown of this law I’ve seen yet from musician, author, actor and activist Henry Rollins. Being someone who’s clearly not afraid to speak his mind, he ripped into North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory for being an “assh*le” who “embarrassed the majority of North Carolinians.”
“I was being charitable using the governor’s name,” Rollins wrote in LA Weekly. “The truth is that no one cares what his name is. He will be dimly remembered as the asshole who signed that fucked-up bill that embarrassed the majority of North Carolinians.”
Rollins definitely wasn’t done there.
“HB2 is now law. There is no ‘walking it back,'” he continued. “If McCrory eventually caves and tries to repeal it, everyone will know it’s because he values money over his homophobia, which he has poorly disguised as moral rectitude and common sense. Either way he’s fucked. If I were him, I wouldn’t feel all that put out by Springsteen’s cancellation as much as I would fear PayPal scrapping its plans to locate a new operations center in his state. PayPal is bigger than any governor.”
Then Rollins ripped into the overall ignorance of those who continue to oppose change and progress.
“It has become quintessentially American to resist progress and change,” Rollins stated. “To still be breast-stroking in the primordial ooze of the past and call it integrity is pathetic, but describes the mindset of millions of people in this country.”
And he’s right. This country has a long history of taking much longer than it should to bring about substantive change. Many Americans often cling to bigoted and ignorant “traditions” in the name of “traditional American values.” Practically every single time we face a pivotal moment in this country when we’re trying to evolve away from something shameful, we’re constantly faced with these battles against those who foolishly cling to their ignorance.
These are changes in our society that are essentially common sense, yet sometimes take years (if not decades) to happen because of the stubborn and defiant bigotry, racism and ignorance that’s frequently stood in the way of progress. Every single time, those who stand in the way of that progress always find themselves on the wrong side of history.
That’s exactly what’s going to happen when people look back upon these anti-LGBT laws and those who supported discrimination against homosexuals. They’ll be viewed in the same way we currently look at those who supported laws which prevented women from being able to vote, segregation and bans on interracial marriage.
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