‘We do not want any appointment to divert from the work of the Human Relations Commission…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) On Thursday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper bowed to pressure from legislative Republicans and rescinded the appointment of a controversial nominee to a state board.
Cooper, a Democrat, withdrew the name of LaWana Mayfield from the Human Relations Board.
According to WRAL, the governor chose to appease Republicans in this case to avoid a distraction.
“We do not want any appointment to divert from the work of the Human Relations Commission in promoting equity for all North Carolinians,” said Cooper’s spokesman, Ford Porter.
Mayfield reacted with disappointment to the withdrawal of her nomination.
“I’m unapologetic about speaking for my community,” she told WCNC in Charlotte. “I never presented anything to the community other than someone who fights against white supremacy, racism, against homophobia and against injustice.”
Senate Republicans weren’t the only ones who doubted Mayfield’s ability to promote “equity.”
The left-wing editorial board of the Charlotte Observer had also called for Cooper to rescind the appointment, writing that the governor “should not look the other way.”
But Mayfield’s withdrawal isn’t being universally applauded.
Notably, the councilwoman is both black and openly lesbian, and some contend that she is being criticized not for her nutty statements, but for her intersectional identity.
A press release from the LGBTQ Victory Institute called the governor’s decision “extremely disappointing.”
The release noted that Mayfield is just one of seven openly LGBT nonwhite elected officials. (Last year, Mayfield also raised eyebrows for suggesting, without evidence, that a candidate for office had uploaded photos of his private parts to a gay dating app.)
“We are extremely disappointed Governor Cooper took the important step of appointing a Black LGBTQ woman to the Human Relations Commission and then rescinded it due to pressure from the architects of HB2,” the group said in a statement, referring to the 2016 law that regulated bathroom use in the state.
“With the unfortunate rescindment of her appointment, it is now essential Governor Cooper appoint someone who can provide the same insights into the lives of LGBTQ women of color,” they concluded.