Calling North Carolina’s bathroom law the equivalent of Jim Crow laws that enforced discrimination against blacks in the 40s, 50s and 60s, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced her intention for the Federal government to sue the state over House Bill 2.
Lynch drew on her background as a black woman growing up in North Carolina and her present position as the first African-American woman to be appointed to her position as the country’s highest law enforcement official to condemn North Carolina’s Bill 2 which will limit the federally legislated laws seeking to protect transgender citizens.
She explained that Bill 2, which states that people must only use the bathroom corresponding to the gender to which someone was born, was the modern-day version of the post-slavery Jim Crow laws.
“This is not the first time that we have seen discriminatory responses to historic moments of progress for our nation. We saw it in the Jim Crow laws that followed the Emancipation Proclamation. We saw it in the fears and widespread resistance to Brown v. Board of Education,” said Lynch in a press conference at the Justice Department headquarters in Washington.
The lawsuit against North Carolina could result in the withdrawal of as much as $2 billion in federal education money. This suit was a response by the Feds to North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory’s lawsuit against the federal government asks for injunctive relief to block the Justice Department’s demand that the state stop implementing House Bill 2.