No, the Bathroom Debate Is NOT Equivalent to the Civil Rights Fight of the '60s

This article originally appeared in Independent Journal Review.

Let me preface this entire article by saying that when it comes to the LGBT community, I’m wholly understanding of their plight. When it comes to various issues, I’ve called for compromise because I believe that every person should be free to practice their life as they wish, so long as it doesn’t bring harm to anybody else.

I’m even on record encouraging others to show the same understanding and compassion to those they disagree with when it comes to issues like these.

That said, the LGBT community has elements within it that don’t feel that compromise is a valid end game, and their definition of coming to an understanding is the old “my way or the highway” saying.

This latest stunt from that arm of the LGBT community has tossed on the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

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Let’s state the obvious here. I’m a young, black man. I couldn’t be white even if I wanted to be, and I don’t. Being black is who God made me to be, and I’m more than fine with that. Besides, it’s not a choice that I can change my mind on at any time. I am who I am. There is no breaking out of who I am.

And this isn’t just an acceptance of my identity, but a solid fact of my biology. A 5th grade kid with a 3rd grade textbook could tell you that. Nature is a thing that works in absolutes, and it doesn’t need to get any more complicated than that. For all of God’s intricate workings, and complicated concepts, nature is pretty simple in its straightforwardness.

But this doesn’t seem to be an opinion shared by some in the LGBT community, nor their allies in the White House. According to some, states like North Carolina passing laws that keep the transgendered out of bathrooms they shouldn’t be in is a form of discrimination they find to be inexcusable.

So inexcusable, in fact, that they compared it to the civil rights issues the black community faced back in the 60s, when segregation was a thing we did.

As a black man, I can’t believe what I’m hearing. Back then, they discriminated against an entire race of people based on their skin color, barring them from anything from colleges to water fountains. This was something the black community couldn’t help. They were black, and regardless of what they’ve done, or the decisions they made, they were looked down on simply for having a certain level of melanin.

It was a no-brainer to Republicans at the time to put an end to this kind of backward thinking, and grant equal rights and protections to every man regardless of race.

Now let’s take the transgender bathroom issue.

Here we have people who are not what they say they are by the simple rules of nature, and defying these natural facts to make up their own rules in order to gain access to a restroom they don’t belong in. Their claim that they do belong in said restrooms is based solely off of reasoning that amounts to “because I said so.”

People rightfully stand in their way saying no, not because they hate transgender people, but because they hate those that would take advantage of such rules in order to do harm to women.

In what world is the transgender bathroom issue like the civil rights era issue? Except for the fact that you have two groups of people being denied something based on identity, one was denied for no good reason, and the other is being denied for a perfectly good reason.

This is so disrespectful to the black community whose struggle was a real issue of rights, not just for a bathroom, but for a life of freedom for an entire race. The transgender issue is nothing like that.

Using the black community’s struggle to paint the transgender community’s bathroom issue as a legitimate societal concern is insulting, not just to me and my brothers and sisters, but to those who fought with us during the civil rights era.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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