By William K. Black
April 17, 2016 Bloomington, MN
In the first installment of this column I showed how radically the states of the former Confederacy are acting to destroy the policies of the “New South” and disinter the Old South. I used North Carolina as my example. This second column focuses on the renewed assault of the Old South on the LGBT community. In particular, I discuss why so much of the business community reacts so strongly in opposition to this assault. But what I am most interested in is explaining why the political leaders of the Old South’s renewed assault are flabbergasted by the business community’s opposition and respond to it in ways that reinforce the opposition. The emerging leaders of the Old South simply cannot understand why national and global business leaders see the assault on the LGBT community as a problem. I think the anti-LGBT political leadership of the reemerged Old South have three problems that explains this lack of understanding.
By William K. Black
Bloomington: March 29, 2015
Sodomy, of course, was once referred to as the crime that dare not speak its name because the combination of fear and hate of straight males for gays was so intense that it was barbaric and even murderous. It is a measure of how much things have changed that the haters now know that they dare not speak their hate. They also know that they are losing. The vast majority of gay Americans live in States with marriage equality and conservatives expect to that the Supreme Court will soon strike down as unconstitutional bans on marriage equality in the Supreme Court. Some equality advocates are warning that the desperate measures like Indiana’s new law designed to authorize merchants to discriminate against gays are similar to the relatively successful strategy to attack abortion rights. They are right to warn about the need keep working, but the LBGT rights are not analogous to reproductive rights. I will discuss only one reason – business. The paradox is that a law purportedly vital to protect the right of merchants to discriminate against gays is the last thing that merchants want. Gays make very good customers. They have income and they buy goods and services. Merchants want to sell goods.