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The problem with the progressive tendency to view minority populations as monoliths that can be counted upon to line up unquestioningly behind the agenda is that it fails to take into account that minorities are composed of living, thinking human beings capable of independent, rational thought.

President Obama received that wake-up call with the unthinkable revolt of a member of four of his progressive constituencies, as a result of his recent “bathroom” order allowing them to be used based on how individuals “feel,” rather than genitalia.

Maya Dillard Smith is a woman, a Democrat, the head of the Georgia chapter of the liberal American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – and an African-American.

Any one of these criteria would put her squarely behind the President in his effort to fundamentally transform America – or at least transform American bathrooms, but Smith is also a mother, and after her own young daughters were “visibly frightened” by men in a women’s restroom, she tendered her resignation from the ACLU and spoke out.

“I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school-age daughters into a women’s restroom when, shortly after, three transgender young adults, over six feet [tall] with deep voices entered,” Smith said.

The now-former ACLU executive said her daughters “concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer.”

Describing herself as “progressive” and “unapologetically black,” Dillard Smith said the ACLU has become “a special interest organization that promotes not all, but certain progressive rights.”

“There is no opportunity to have robust dialogue about competing rights while being mindful of unintended consequences,” she said, referring to the threat posed by men “with malicious intent” who can use the new rule to prey on women and girls in restrooms.

She has created a website, Finding Middle Ground, to facilitate honest conversation about the issues.

A video on the site features a young girl asking, “What about me, too?”

 

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