[Ed. – “Ladies’ room” is the new “Whites only,” in other words. Emphasis original.]
In a hostile exchange with North Carolina Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse during MSNBC’s 2 p.m. ET hour on Monday, anchor Ali Velshi compared the state’s transgender bathroom bill to racial segregation in the 1940s and 1950s.
Noting that a deal had been reached for the state legislature to repeal the law, Velshi began by dismissing objections to allowing mixed-gender restrooms and shower facilities as a “made-up fear”: “…you know there’s no real thing about this, right? There are no numbers that support the fact that people who claim to use somebody else’s bathroom because of their gender end up committing sexual assaults….it’s a made-up fear.” …
The Republican pushed back: “Yeah, I mean, I think it’s important to remember that we have gone to public restrooms divided by little boys and little girls since we’ve had them and I think this is a massive social change that was unnecessary and it was forced upon the people of Charlotte…” Velshi immediately hurled comparisons to racism: “Dallas, that’s sort of weird logic because we used to actually have separate bathrooms or separate water facilities and buses and restaurant tables for black people and white people. And that was massive social change…”