ACLU State Director Quits Job, Blasts Organization for Intolerance

June 6, 2016

by Gary L. Bauer


Photo credit: Michael Hanscom via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Photo credit: Michael Hanscom via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Maya Dillard Smith, a black woman, quit her job last week. Was bigotry and harassment to blame for her quitting? Sort of. I’ll let her explain what happened:

I have shared my personal experience of having taken 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. 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.

So she began asking questions about President Obama’s transgender mandate forcing schools to allow boys who think they are girls to use the girls’ restrooms. But her employer had no tolerance for her commonsense values.

So, Dillard Smith, who has degrees from Berkeley and Harvard, quit her job. . . as executive director of the Georgia ACLU. She was reportedly one of only three black ACLU state directors.

She blasted the ACLU for being intolerant and refusing to “engage in dialogue.” She said the radical group is “a special interest organization that promotes” only “certain progressive rights . . . based on who is funding the organization’s lobbying activities.”

Dillard Smith’s experience is another reminder that black Americans supported traditional marriage in greater percentages than white Americans.

Conservatives need to be reaching out to the black community on values issues. But, first, the Republican Party has to find the will to actually fight for these issues and make the case for traditional values.

Gary L. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.


Gary L. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan's administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.

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