When one party rules
The defenders of House Bill 2 feel we should ignore the objections of other states, of the federal government, of cities and entertainers and academic institutions across the country. They have said we should disregard boycotts by athletic associations, colleges, the objections of Google, Apple and the Bank of America, other large companies and venture capital financial companies. After all, they are outsiders and don’t share our “values.”
So who does have the right to object? What about the people and political institutions of North Carolina? When the federal government objects to HB2, we call it “government overreach.” When the state leadership objects to the civil liberties laws of Charlotte and other cities and counties in our state, isn’t that also political “overreach”?
History has shown that whenever one party rules absolutely, bad things, even evil things, will happen. We need a balance of power at the state level and not the supermajority of the current legislature and the agreeable concurrence of the governor of the same party.
A political balance keeps government modest and sane.
Why I love McKinney
I love the Durham-based agency McKinney for many reasons. Not only are they awesome at their craft, but I love their sense of humor. Recently I wrote about the losses that some of Durham’s hospitality workers and businesses will suffer with the cancellation of the ACC Baseball tournament. Here’s a lighter look at HB2.
About a month after the bill was passed, McKinney printed out the entire text of HB2, sometimes referred to as the “bathroom bill” on, you guessed it, a roll of toilet paper. They were making a creative statement about where HB2 belonged.
They also created a YouTube page called “Things to Love About NC.” It’s full of videos that show experiences that won’t actually exist because of the opportunities and jobs that have been lost due to HB2.
Now they’ve created a fictitious boy band from the ’90s that has come back to life to perform in all of those venues left empty due to the numerous musician boycotts and cancellations in protest of North Carolina’s House Bill 2. Called One More Wish, the fictitious band has its own trailer and fan website complete with really awful music (listen at your own risk!)
On a more serious note, what you may not realize is that McKinney CEO Brad Brinegar penned the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) and Equality NC’s viral letter that urged Gov. McCrory to repeal the law. The call to action was signed by other prominent CEOs including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Apple’s Tim Cook, to name a few.
It was also signed by numerous travel and tourism CEOs including hotel companies such as Hyatt, Choice, Starwood, Marriott, and Hilton; airlines such as United, American, Jet Blue and Alaska; plus numerous other transportation, retail and other companies.
And on a REALLY serious note, Brad spoke on CNN Money about the damage the discrimination in HB2 is causing businesses in North Carolina.
That’s why it’s great that McKinney can use something creative like a fictitious boy band to call attention to the lost business North Carolina is experiencing. Thanks for the laugh, McKinney. We needed that.
President & CEO
Durham Convention & Visitors bureau
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