Um, so, yeah. A man running for sheriff in Texas just called for violence against transgender people. He got all high and mighty on his high and mighty Facebook page and said he’d “beat the hell” out of a transgender person trying to use the same bathroom as his daughter. (By the way, back in 2013 it was reported that “researchers concluded that the people who used Facebook the most tended to have narcissistic or insecure personalities.” Meaning that, scientifically, this Facebook post was written to make this likely sheriff feel manly.)
The candidate, Tracy Murphree, said this:
‘If my little girl is in a public women’s restroom and a man, regardless of how he may identify, goes into the bathroom, he will then identify as a John Doe until he wakes up in whatever hospital he may be taken to. Your identity does not trump my little girl’s safety. I identify as an overprotective father that loves his kids and would do anything to protect them.’
His post is so wrong on so many levels. Maybe he never thought of the suggestion to have a family member or something go into the bathroom with his daughter. Maybe he never thought of the fact that a man or a woman could be hiding or standing in plain sight to harm his daughter, and the new law enacted by his comrades has absolutely nothing to do with it. Maybe he never thought of avoiding public restrooms altogether.
What kind of sheriff calls for violence like it’s a joke? Perhaps that is one part of the problem. The answer to that question is an American sheriff. By design, the police system puts people in categories in which they don’t belong, and it makes them feel immune to normal considerations of right and wrong.
That’s why left and right police are beating people, killing people, or otherwise. Just in the past few days documents were released attempting to erase one such video from off the internet. In the video, police are pepper spraying college students in the face while they are just sitting there in classic American setup -the military combat ready police versus the normal people just sitting there.
This man should not be sheriff. He shouldn’t even be able to own a gun. He is literally calling to break the law. It is a crime to beat someone, and it is a hate crime to beat someone because of their identity. Maybe he just figures that he will be able to get away with it once he becomes sheriff.
The illegal behavior and violence fits in with some of the rest of his apparent personality, though. According to his Facebook page, he is a conservative Christian and proud of it. And, in the sacred and terrifying halls of conservative Christianity, there are calls for everything from the murder of ‘infidels’ at the hands of a power in the sky to the complete anarchist overthrow of government. Some of his de facto buddies recently called for literal war in the streets between conservatives and black lives matter protesters.
These kinds of people should be kept far, far away from public office. They are the enemies of a society that actually works for people. Watch out Texas, here comes a sheriff who is planning to screw you over.