Raleigh, NC – Here is the statement Sen. Terry Van Duyn gave during the press conference on Sept. 13, 2016 about the NCAA pulling the championship events out of North Carolina due to HB2:
“Governor McCrory recently asked in a campaign commercial, “Are we really talking about this?”
That is the first time since he signed House Bill 2 into law that we can say that we agree with him on the subject.
Are we really talking about this? The loss of jobs in the financial sector, the film industry, special events and, now, one of North Carolina’s points of pride: college sports.
Republicans sought out an election year topic, using fear to drive voters to the polls in November.But it has backfired on them.
They didn’t realize that the rest of the world would be watching and they underestimated North Carolinians who have said, unequivocally: We Are Not This.This isn’t what North Carolina is about.
Equality and social justice have been closely linked with North Carolina’s college sports history – ever since Coach Dean Smith fought to integrate college basketball. He wasn’t thinking about his legacy, he was just doing what he knew to be right.
Coach Smith paved Tobacco Road, and he broke down barriers along the way.
Now, that legacy, which is so much a part of North Carolina history, is crumbling.
It’s not easy as elected officials to admit when we’ve made a mistake. But true leaders will do what they need to do to fix a mistake before it causes more damage.
Democrats in both the house and the senate filed bills at the beginning of the short session to repeal HB 2 and restore funding to the state’s Human Relations Council.
We are calling on our Republican colleagues to do right by the people of North Carolina and move forward with a special session to consider these bills and repeal HB 2.”