Monday, April 11, 2016

Standing Up to Bigotry is a Radical Left Position?

There are so many things wrong with this that I'm just going to tackle one aspect of it:

Bruce Springsteen has been criticised by a US congressman for canceling a concert in North Carolina.

North Carolina's new laws require individuals to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex, which some have deemed as discriminatory towards trans people. The laws also impact on local government's ability to pass anti-discrimination laws.

Springsteen released a statement explaining that he had pulled the band's gig in Greensboro, North Carolina on Sunday (April 10) because of this recently-passed Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, North Carolina Republican congressman Mark Walker called Springsteen's boycott "disappointing" and said "Bruce is known to be on the radical left and he’s got every right to be so, but I consider this a bully tactic. It’s like when a kid gets upset and says he’s going to take his ball and go home."

It is probably going to come as a shock to Congressman Walker, but there are plenty of people who oppose ignorance and bigotry who are not on the "radical left" of the political spectrum. This is a complete and utter misunderstanding of the issue and the correct position to take. You're not radical left if you oppose bigotry. You're just a decent American. Criticizing Springsteen for taking a fairly common sense position on a soon-to-be-rescinded piece of legislative incompetence is proof that there really is a wave of intolerance spreading through the Southern states and through what we call "red" states in America.

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