All the bullies have lined up against North Carolina over its HB2 law that requires people to use the restroom or locker room that matches their birth gender in public buildings. Those bullies include various businesses, performers, and sports organizations, including the NBA, NCAA, and ACC. I hope North Carolina sticks to its guns in spite of all the bullying from the forces of political correctness. Decency is always worth fighting for. It’s also time for the Tar Heel State to start playing hardball and retaliate against its bullies. Some people might claim this is a foolish move, as it would result in even more financial distress for the state. They say it would be the proverbial cutting off of one’s nose to spite one’s face. However, there are times when it is okay to do so, and I think is one of them.
It should start by banning all of the businesses and performers currently boycotting the state by forcing those boycotts to go permanent. In other words, if they don’t want to do business with North Carolina now, the state should never allow them to do business inside its borders again. For businesses, it would mean they could not relocate back to North Carolina, nor could they sell their products and services in the state. For performers, it would mean more no more concerts or other live performances in the state, and they would no longer be allowed to sell their CDs, records, tapes, etc. there.
Also, it should alert the NCAA and the ACC that no sports team from any of its state-supported colleges and universities, such as UNC and NC State, will be allowed to play road games outside of the state for the rest of the 2016-17 season – effective immediately. In a related move, it should put a moratorium on all NCAA and ACC championship events in the state for a period of at least five years. In addition, it should enact a 200 percent surcharge on tickets to Charlotte Hornets’ games. Therefore, if the base price of a given ticket is $100, it would cost $300 after the tax is added. If that results in the NBA moving the Hornets somewhere else, so be it. At least it would cause the NBA to panic, since moving a franchise the middle of a season or on short notice would create a logistical nightmare.