Sunday, June 5, 2016

The A.C.L.U. and the mother


For the benefit of my international readers, the A.C.L.U. is an acronym for an advocacy group called the American Civil Liberties Union.  This page has frequently asked questions about this organization.

These are the first nine paragraphs of a May 31, 2016 article on the website Lifesite News.  The two links in these paragraphs were in their article.
The African-American woman who leads a state chapter of the ACLU has resigned, citing her own daughters' “frightened” reaction to biological males using the women's restroom.

The organization's increasing focus on legislating the transgender lobby's concerns pushed Maya Dillard Smith, interim director of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, to tender her resignation.

“I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a women’s restroom when shortly after three transgender young adults, over six feet [tall] with deep voices, entered,” she wrote.

“My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer,” she continued.

In a statement, she said that the ACLU has become “a special interest organization that promotes not all, but certain progressive rights.”

The “hierarchy of rights” the ACLU chooses to defend or ignore, she wrote, is “based on who is funding the organization’s lobbying activities." She did not elaborate on the group's funding.

Dillard Smith is no conservative. She earned a degree in economics from Berkeley and a masters degree at Harvard, while working for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court.

She is a 2003 graduate of the program Emerge America, which states its “goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.”

But this self-described “progressive” who called herself “unapologetically black” cannot go along with the ACLU's transgender legal agenda.

This is the link to the Georgia branch of the A.C.L.U.

The video on the left shows Megyn Kelly of Fox News interviewing Maya Dillard Smith, the statewide head of the A.C.L.U. in Georgia.

Listen to what this mother said after one minute and 35 seconds:

My children were visibly frightened.

This video was uploaded by Fox News to YouTube on June 2, 2016.
A website called Political Forum reprinted the Lifesite article.  A website called Reddit linked to the Lifesite article and posted hundreds of comments from their subscribers.  Most of the clickable websites listed below include a link to the Lifesite article.  They are listed in chronological order.
May 31, 2016 Georgia Voice June 1, 2016 Women of Grace
June 1, 2016 Power Line Blog June 1, 2016 Christian Examiner
June 2, 2016 Downtrend June 2, 2016 Conservative Tribune
June 2, 2016 Breitbart June 2, 2016 New York Post
June 2, 2016 Weasel Zippers reprinted the Powerline Blog June 2, 2016 Louder with Crowder
(a Podcast link but no written article)
June 2, 2016 Daily Caller June 2, 2016 Conservative Review
June 2, 2016 NewsMax June 2, 2016 Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
June 2, 2016 California Political Review June 2, 2016 Western Journalism
June 2, 2016 Right Wing News June 2, 2016 Independent Sentinel
June 2, 2016 Nebraska Family Alliance June 3, 2016 Snopes
June 3, 2016 Christian Broadcast Network June 4, 2016 The Christian Times
On the night of June 5-6, 2016, around 12:45am, I searched the New York Times for "Georgia ACLU".  There were no stories in their newspaper about this issue.

I then searched the Los Angeles Times for "Georgia ACLU".  They had no stories about this issue.

I then searched the Chicago Sun-Times.  They also had no stories.

None of these newspapers had a story about the resignation of the Georgia branch of the ACLU:
The Denver Post,
The Detroit Free Press,
The Boston Globe,
The Dallas Morning News,
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Kansas City Star,
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer,
The Cincinnati Inquirer,
The Miami Herald,
The Indianapolis Star,
Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
The Detroit News,
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel,
The Bowling Green Times,
The Arizona Republic, or
The Oklahoman.

I even searched the Wall Street Journal on Monday, June 6th, and there were no results of my search for "Georgia ACLU" either.

This cartoon accurately describes what happened to the Chairwoman of the Georgia A.C.L.U. when she took her daughters into a public rest room.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a newspaper that is headquartered in Georgia, didn't put a story in their paper until June 4th, and it wasn't even a real story, just a writer's blog, written by Greg Bluestein (@Bluestein on Twitter).  He is a political reporter for the paper, but the "story" was in the blog section of the website, not the news section.

These are the first paragraphs of the June 2, 2016 New York Post story.  The link to that story has been provided above.
Crusading for “gender identity” rights just lost the American Civil Liberties Union its Georgia director.

Maya Dillard Smith resigned while complaining that the ACLU has become “a special-interest organization that promotes not all, but certain progressive rights.”

She was one of just three African-Americans running a state chapter. She’s also a mom — which provided her breaking point.


These are most of the last three paragraphs of the same story.  I will let the New York Post have the last word on this issue, at least for now.
[The A.C.L.U.] insists on the absolute right to use the restrooms (and locker rooms) of the gender you “identify” with — no matter how hostile an environment that might create for others.

The “hierarchy of rights” the ACLU opts to protect, she charges, is “based on who is funding the organization’s lobbying activities.”

Here’s to one progressive who insists on putting principle ahead of the paymasters.