Editorial: Shout-out to quiet voices of reason opposing HB2
Posted October 21, 2016
A CBC Editorial: Friday, Oct. 21, 2016; Editorial# 8071
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, created sometime around 1963 by the late Gov. Terry Sanford, has been the state’s version of a key to the state – a way to recognize visiting dignitaries and make note of special accomplishments by North Carolinians.
In recent months, thanks to notorious House Bill 2, there has been a whole new list of individuals, organizations and companies worthy of recognition.
We propose today, a new statewide club – say the “Order of The Scrub Oak.” Qualification for membership: to have been driven out of the state, shunned as unwanted, hypocritically or otherwise denigrated by Gov. Pat McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest or the leadership of the General Assembly for opposing HB2; and standing up for the dignity of all individuals and opposing government-sanctioned discrimination -- in all its forms.
While our state leaders have denounced these individuals and companies -- jobs, corporate investment, conventions, entertainment and athletic events have made an exodus from the state. But the biggest loss is to our state brand, our reputation, our good name. Changing our bad brand will be hard to do – impossible without first repealing HB2. Please vote for candidates who have pledged to do just that.
Here’s a list of those individuals, organizations and companies that have publically stood up and denounced HB2. Congratulations on joining the club!
(Know of others who might be nominated? Send your suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org).
ORDER OF THE SCRUB OAK – Charter nominees:
American Kennel Club
American Society of Association Executives
Atlanta, city of
Atlantic Coast Conference
Bank of America
Barnes and Noble
Barber, Rev. William
Blue Man Group
Boehinger Ingleheim USA
Boston, city of
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Brodhead, Richard – Duke University president
Capital One Financial Corporation
Chicago, city of
Choice Hotels International
Cirque du Sole
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Clements, James – Clemson University President
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
Deutsche Bank – 250 jobs
Dow Chemical Company
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (“DuPont”)
Folt, Carol – University of North Carolina
Frenk, Julio – University of Miami
Gallagher, Patrick – University of Pittsburgh
General Electric Company
Gottfried, Mark – N.C. State University basketball coach
Hatch, Nathan – Wake Forest University
IKEA North America Services, LLC
John Hancock Financial
Jenkins, Frank – Notre Dame
Krzyzewski, Mike – Duke University basketball coach
Leahy, William – Boston College president
Levi Strauss & Co.
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Motion Picture Association of America
National Basketball Association (NBA)
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Peterson, G.P ‘Bud’ – Georgia Tech
PNC Financial Services Group
Ramsey, James – University of Louisville
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
Rogers, Jim, former Duke Energy CEO
Sands, Timothy – Va. Tech State University
San Francisco, city of
Santa Fe, city of
Seattle, city of
Sullivan, Teresa – University of Virginia
SV Angel LLC
Syverud, Kent – Syracuse University
TD Bank, NA
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Thrasher, John – Florida State University interim president
United Airlines, Inc.
Wake Forest University
West Palm Beach, city of
Woodson, Randy – N.C. State University