Editorial: Coach Roy gets it: HB2 'is just not right.' So should our legislators
Friday, March 24, 2017 -- A year ago North Carolina woke up and discrimination was the law of the land. Today, HB2 are the scarlet letters North Carolinians wear, no matter where in the world they roam.Posted — Updated
A year ago North Carolina woke up and discrimination was the law of the land.
Today, HB2 are the scarlet letters North Carolinians wear, no matter where in the world they roam. The negative buzz continues to grow.
No one buys it. Forest, Berger and the other backers have damaged North Carolina’s reputation. The perception of North Carolina’s brand has gone from an incubator for enlightened innovation, commerce and hardworking creativity to a bastion of rigid ideology and mediocre expectations.
After 50 years of building a reputation as a beacon of the New South, it’s taken just a year for HB2 to obliterate it – leaving many to ponder just how a state could become so dim so fast?
“It shouldn’t just be about athletic events.” Williams said earlier this week. “It should be about right and wrong. And what we have now is wrong. … It’s not just about athletics. It is just not right.”
Williams is right. Accepting our diverse society isn’t a choice or a problem to be fixed. It is a reality. Embracing diversity as an opportunity, rather than fighting its inevitability, is critical to North Carolina’s future.
Discriminating against anyone, just because they are different, is wrong. This is a matter of conscience. The General Assembly must, without delay, repeal HB 2.
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