Maya Dillard Smith, an African-American Director of Georgia’s ACLU resigned this week after her own daughters were “frightened” when running into a men using a women’s restroom. Dillard Smith is no conservative. She earned a degree in economics from Berkeley and a masters degree at Harvard, while working for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court. She is a 2003 graduate of the program Emerge America, which states its “goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.” Dillard’s departure will leave the ACLU shorthanded in Georgia and even shorter on nationwide diversity. As of last November, she was one of the youngest ACLU directors in the nation, and one of only three African-Americans employed in that role in the organization.
Says ACLU Likely Only To Support ‘Rights’ That Bring In Donor Money
The ACLU has been increasingly shifting its progressive focus on certain rights to help better fund the organization. In her departing statement the former ACLU Georgia State Director said, “I found myself principally and philosophically unaligned with the organization. I understood it to be the ACLU’s goal to delicately balance competing rights to ensure that any infringements are narrowly tailored, that they do not create a hierarchy of rights, and that we are mindful of unintended consequences.” She added, “The “hierarchy of rights” the ACLU chooses to defend or ignore is based on who is funding the organization’s lobbying activities.”
The ACLU of North Carolina joined the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC, two pro-LGBT lobbying organizations, earlier this year when they sued Gov. Pat McCrory and the University of North Carolina shortly after the Governor signing the HB 2 bathroom bill, which in part, requires individuals use the restroom of the biological sex noted on their birth certificate.
The ACLU labeled the bill “hate bill 2” and has since organized several public rallies and sit-ins in opposition to the legislation – which outside of schools and public buildings leaves restroom policies up to business owners – proved to Smith that the ACLU holds a legal philosophy she can no longer support. Georgia was one of first 11 states that announced late last month that they would be suing the Obama administration over its controversial federal guidance requiring public schools and universities to allow transgender students to use the restrooms, showers, and overnight accommodations of the opposite biological sex.
My Daughters Were Frightened in the Women’s Bathroom
“I took 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,” she wrote. “My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer,” she continued.
In a statement after her resignation, she said that the ACLU has become “a special interest organization that promotes not all, but certain progressive rights.” She stated that the “hierarchy of rights” of those groups the ACLU chooses to defend or ignore is now “based on who is funding the organization’s lobbying activities” and said she can no longer go along with the ACLU’s transgender legal agenda.
Smith says, “I believe there are solutions that can provide accommodations for transgender people and balance the need to ensure women and girls are safe from those who might have malicious intent,” she said. Numerous sexual assault survivors have shared how transgender restroom laws render women vulnerable and stir painful memories of abuse in a video released by the Alliance Defending Freedom.
The video asks questions like, “How can we ask these kinds of questions without being called a homophobe or a hateful bigot?” and “How do we prevent predators from preying on kids in bathrooms?”