Black Conservatives Slam Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Decree

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Black conservatives slammed the Obama Administration Monday for threatening to withhold funds from schools that assign bathrooms and locker rooms to students based on biological sex.

Members of the Project 21 black leadership group voiced their outrage at some federal officials who compared efforts to allow students to use whatever bathroom corresponds with their gender identity with the civil rights movement and struggle against Jim Crow.

“The White House is pushing a radical agenda that has no support in the language or history of existing civil rights law. And they are pursuing it by threatening to punish the most vulnerable students in public school — withholding lunch and remedial teaching assistance from poor and minority students. This is cruel and divisive and will ultimately be overturned,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, an attorney and legal commentator who taught constitutional law at George Mason University.

Every public school district in the country received a letter from the federal government Friday, warning school officials must allow students to use whatever bathroom and locker room corresponds to their perceived gender identity, or face a lawsuit.

The jointly sent letter from the Department of Justice and the Department of Education came just a few days after North Carolina and the federal government sued each other over the state’s new law governing bathroom use in public buildings. The decree isn’t a law, but reflects the Obama administration’s interpretation of existing federal anti-discrimination laws. (RELATED: Obama Decrees ALL Public Schools Must Allow Transgender Bathroom Use)

“Why is there such a rush to strip away the innocence of American children? Why do children need to be exposed to anything and everything at the earliest possible age? Do we really want our children growing up in a world and age where nothing is taboo?,” the Right Reverend Council Nedd II, Ph.D., said in the press release.

“As a Black Southern man who grew up fighting what I call ‘Jim Crow-lite’ in the 1970s-1980s, in Savannah, Georgia, home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, I find the ridiculous transgender/civil rights movement comparison insulting and disrespectful,” said Nadra “Cap Black” Enzi, a New Orleans anti-crime activist.

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