Religious and civil rights leaders in the black community called out the Obama Administration and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and state Attorney General Roy Cooper during a press conference at a hotel where Cooper was holding an event today.
John Amanchukwu, executive director of the Upper Room Christian Academy, was joined by other religious leaders to decry the actions of the Obama Administration relating the situation facing transgendered students in schools to Jim Crow era laws holding blacks down.
Amanchukwu also called out Cooper for not signing onto a lawsuit with 11 other states suing the federal government over its directive to public schools to allow students to choose the gender-specific facility of their choice based on their preferred gender identity.
“We’re here to speak out about our attorney general’s failure to speak out and to sign the lawsuit that came out today,” he said. “Eleven states, and I will name those states – Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia – signed on to sue the Obama administration and Loretta Lynch for the false accusations that they have made about transgenderism and the directive that (Obama) placed upon schools to allow space for transgendered students in the school system.
“But our attorney general in our state, Roy Cooper, has failed to sign onto the lawsuit, that’s the reason why North Carolina was not mentioned. What we have today is simple: as a black American in this state it’s an insult and it’s a racial slur to compare the transgender movement to the civil rights movement.”
Amanchukwu demanded an apology from the Obama administration and Lynch relating the two and from Cooper for not taking action to defend HB2.
Bishop Patrick Wooden, senior pastor of the Upper Room Church of God, and others, joined Amanchukwu on Thursday afternoon at the press conference.
“We’re not hearing from the Attorney General Roy Cooper, of our state, as HB2 is being compared to or called the new Jim Crow,” he said. “How can this be compared to the things that took place … in the Jim Crow Era, when African Americans were hung, African Americans lives were lost.
“During Jim Crow it was against the law for an African American to actually play cards or checkers or bingo if you will with a white person. It was unlawful for an African American who was blind to actually attend an institution for the blind with a white person. It was against the law for an African American and a white person to play on the same baseball field. During Jim Crow African Americans and whites were kept separate and unequal and even when it came to going to the circus there had to be at least two separate places to buy tickets because white people and African Americans weren’t allowed to stand in the same line.”
Wooden said that the two are completely different issues as he pointed between a picture of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, and images of men who had been lynched, a colored water fountain and a man who had extensive scarring from being whipped on his back.
“HB2 does not prevent a person who is not transgender from playing cards with a person who is,” he said. “HB2 does not prevent a transgendered person from attending the same hospital entrance as someone who is not transgendered. My point is, African Americans are due an apology. We should get an apology from Loretta Lynch, we should get an apology from Roy Cooper… There is no way that should be compared with what African Americans suffered in this country during the dehumanizing Jim Crow era. Our crime during Jim Crow was that we were born of a darker hue.”