Firefighters turn their hoses full force on civil rights demonstrators July 15, 1963 in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Bill Hudson)

Civil Rights Leader to Loretta Lynch: Don’t Compare Transgender Bathrooms to Jim Crow

Here is a man who participated in the sit-ins of the 60s fighting for justice and civil rights. He is upset that our Attorney General would declare North Carolina’s bathroom law akin to Jim Crow laws.

During the Jim Crow Era, we stared down the nozzle of firehoses, felt the piercing bite of police dogs, dangled from trees after being strung up by an angry mob, all because of the color of our skin. Our businesses were burned, churches bombed, communities destroyed, all because of the color of our skin. We had to drink at separate water fountains, shop at different stores and even had to sit at the back of the bus, all because of the color of our skin. All this and more took place after enduring 400 years of arguably the most heinous crime in history – slavery.

In comparison, transgender individuals do not have to fight dogs, can shop anywhere and can use any water fountain. They are free to work, shop and ride the bus. And to my knowledge, they have not experienced 400 years of slavery and the ongoing fight for parity 151 years after emancipation.

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