North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper revoked an LGBTI woman’s appointment to a state commission on Wednesday (6 February) due to Republican pressure.
According to the Charlotte Observer, all 29 state Senate Republicans wrote a letter to Cooper calling for the removal of LaWana Mayfield.
Mayfield is a member of the Charlotte City Council. She had been appointed to the North Carolina Human Relations Commission.
After kowtowing to state Republicans, William McKinney, the governor’s counsel, wrote Mayfield: ‘The important work of the North Carolina Human Relations Commission needs to continue without distraction from its mission.’
Why did Republicans want her removed?
The crux of the Republicans’ argument was a tweet Mayfield wrote last year. In the tweet, she compared police officers to terrorists.
The 26 March tweet read: ‘Being Black in America under #45 (Donald Trump) has created homegrown terrorist wearing blue uniforms.’
When people criticized her take, she expanded, saying she wouldn’t turn a blind eye to the corruption of law enforcement.
‘I have and continue to be one of the strongest supporters of law enforcement,’ she wrote in a follow-up tweet. ‘But I will NOT turn a blind eye to corruption, assaults, and the killings of unarmed black & brown people. If you are offended by my comments and not the situation YOU need to re-evaluate.’
In the senators’ letter, they directly asked Cooper if he agrees with banishing such language.
‘Do you agree that this type of violent, hateful rhetoric has no place in our political discourse, and certainly not on a commission that is intended to promote equality and justice in governmental services?’ the senators wrote. ‘… Your elevation of Council Member Mayfield to this commission raises questions about your administration’s stance toward law enforcement.’
Not a decision praised by all
The Victory Institute criticized Gov. Cooper’s decision.
‘We are extremely disappointed Gov. Cooper took the important step of appointing a Black LGBTQ woman to the Human Relations Commission and then rescinded it due to pressure from the architects of HB2,’ they said in a statement.
HB2 is the controversial North Carolina bathroom bill that directly targets trans people.
The group continued: ‘Councilwoman Mayfield is a tireless fighter for the underserved communities the commission is meant to protect and her perspective and lived experience would be invaluable.’
Author: Anya Crittenton
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