Sunday, August 07, 2016

255.1 - Good News: NBA pulls All-Star game from North Carolina

Good News: NBA pulls All-Star game from North Carolina

Let's start, as we always want to, with some Good News.

It appears that the right-wing in North Carolina has really put their foot in it. You may recall the harsh reaction that came in the wake of the state adopting one of the worst of the so-called "bathroom" bills, the ones that wrote discrimination against transgender folks into law, reactions including withdrawals by businesses, cancelled concerts, and threats of boycotts.

Well, the good news here is that one of those threats has come to pass: After the state legislature passed a "corrected" version of the law that left its most noxious provisions untouched, the NBA decided to pull the 2017 All-Star game out of North Carolina.

The city of Charlotte estimates it will cost the state's economy $100 million in lost revenue.

I have to admit I feel bad for the wage-workers who will be impacted by the loss of business, but the fact is, bigotry has to have a price put on its head. And the language of money, of business, is the only one we share with the bigots like NC Gov. Pat McCrory and his allies in the legislature - and, bluntly, their voters among the public.

And anything that speaks to that price is good news.

Sources cited in links: /2016/08/mccrory-north-carolina-verbal-agreement-nba-amending-hb-2/

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