Today is Wednesday, April 13. You are still alive. Here are some things going on in the world around you.
1. McCrory issues executive order on HB 2. It sounds good at first. But in reality it’s nowhere close to a repeal of the terrible law. The good part: It expands nondiscrimination protections for state employees to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The bad part: It does nothing else.
That means transgender individuals are still prohibited from using the correct bathrooms. It also means cities and counties are still prohibited from creating their own jurisdiction-wide nondiscrimination protections. Reactions from LGBT groups were mostly of the not-nearly-good-enough variety.
GLSEN: “The Governor is attempting to distract the public by offering minor protections for the state’s lesbian, gay and bisexual employees and completely hollow ‘protections’ for the state’s transgender employees, who will still not be able to access restrooms in their workplaces.”
Rea Carey, executive director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund: “Governor McCrory’s executive order today is too little too late. It is like trying to solve a massive life threatening injury with a small band-aid that doesn’t come close to covering the wound. Complete repeal of HB2 and the passage of comprehensive statewide non-discrimination legislation are the only actions that will provide real, strong protections for all the LGBTQ people of North Carolina.”
Senate president Phil Berger has a different take: “Gov. McCrory just put to rest the left’s lies about HB 2 and proved it allows private and public employers, non-profits and churches the ability to adopt nondiscrimination policies that are stronger than state and federal law. But that fact is irrelevant to Roy Cooper and his left-wing political correctness mob with their agenda-driven allies in the liberal media, who will never stop trashing North Carolina until they achieve their goal of allowing any man into any women’s bathroom or locker room at any time simply by claiming to feel like a woman.”
Meanwhile, Michael Moore’s not going to show his new film in N.C., and Deutsche Bank is saying it’s holding off on adding 250 planned-for jobs in the state.
2. Duke women’s basketball program being investigated. The university announced Tuesday that it is conducting an internal investigation of the program:
“The welfare and success of our student-athletes are among Duke’s highest priorities. To that end, we are in the process of conducting an evaluation of the Duke women’s basketball program. This effort is led by a Duke human resources professional outside the Athletics Department. Coach (Joanne P.) McCallie is aware of the evaluation and eager to assist. We look forward to hearing the insights of those involved in the program and any recommendations that may result from this evaluation.”
A few weeks ago, two of Duke’s best players abruptly announced they would not be returning next year. Hmm.
3. Duke seeks dismissal of Trask lawsuit. The sit-in may be over, but Duke students continue to protest the alleged racial slur Duke executive vice president Tallman Trask called a university parking attendant. The situation is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the attendant against Trask and Duke, and on Tuesday, attorneys for Duke sought to have their part of the suit tossed. WRAL reports:
Attorney Dan Hartzog said the university should not be a part of the suit.
“I’m not here to talk about whether or not Tallman Trask bumped into (Underwood) with his car, or whether or not he used a racial slur,” Hartzog said. “That’s between (Underwood) and Tallman Trask.”
The judge’s decision is expected today.
4. Feds continue to investigate racism at Wake County Public Schools. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights held a meeting Tuesday to look into whether disciplinary practices at Wake County schools are biased against black students. From the N&O:
Black students accounted for 63 percent of Wake’s suspensions during the 2014-15 school year while making up 24 percent of the enrollment.
African-American students also accounted for 69 percent of the referrals that school resource officers made to the court system last school year. In addition, black students are 1.7 times more likely to be arrested for fighting and theft than other groups.
The feds have been investigating the situation at the school district since the NAACP filed a suit back in 2010.
Have a wonderful day.