Got another wonderful birthday present on Wednesday when the US Department of Justice finally dropped the hammer on North Carolina by declaring in a lettersent to NC Governor Pat McCrory (R) that the unjust HB 2 was in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX.
A letter was also sent yesterday by the DOJ to Margaret Spellings, the new president of the University of North Carolina, W. Louis Bissette, the Chairman of the UNC Board of Governors, and Thomas Shanahan, the Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel for UNC. Spellings indicated that UNC would comply with the unjust HB 2.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars employment discrimination, and Title IX bars education discrimination based on sex.. Recent EEOC and federal court rulings have affirmed that ‘sex’ included transgender people.
That repudiation of HB2 by the Department of Justice puts billions of federal funds in question, and the DOJ gave the state until Monday to ‘confirm that the state will not comply with or implement HB 2’.
“The letter confirms what we’ve already known – that HB2 is deeply discriminatory, violates federal civil rights law, and needs to be repealed as soon as possible,” said Rep. Chris Sgro, a Democrat who is also the executive director of Equality NC. “We’ve already lost $500 million in economic impact, and now we are violating federal civil rights law and risking Title IX funding.”
North Carolina public schools received $861 billion in federal funds for the 2015-16 school year, and the 17 campus University of North Carolina system received $1.4 billion in 2014-15.
That funding is in jeopardy if NC state legislators continue to refuse to comply with US law..
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article75601912.html#storylink=cpy
Hate Bill 2, as it was dubbed by NC NAACP head the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, was hastily passed in 12 hours by the GOP controlled legislature in response to Charlotte passing a trans inclusive human rights law.
Republican officials are defiantly saying they will not comply with the DOJ deadline, claiming that ‘they need more time’ to respond to the letter, but their transphobic azzes proposed and blitzed through the legislature and Gov McCrory signed HB 2 in 12 hours.
We’ll see what happens Monday.