The Christian-based American Family Association called for a boycott of Target stores on April 20 following the retail giant's announcement that transgender people would be allowed to use the bathrooms and dressing rooms that match their gender identity.
Target stated on its corporate website on April 19:
We believe that everyone—every team member, every guest, and every community—deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination.
In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.
In response, the AFA fired back on its website on April 21:
Target's policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims. And with Target publicly boasting that men can enter women's bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?
Clearly, Target's dangerous new policy poses a danger to wives and daughters. We think many customers will agree. And we think the average Target customer is willing to pledge to boycott Target stores until it makes protecting women and children a priority.
One solution is a common-sense approach and a reasonable solution to the issue of transgendered customers: a unisex bathroom. Target should keep separate facilities for men and women, but for the trans community and for those who simply like using the bathroom alone, a single occupancy unisex option should be provided.
The theory that sexual predators will be allowed attack girls and women has been used as an excuse for decades to discriminate against minorities, according to Vox.
The news site notes "women’s safety" was used to demonize the typical African-American man as a "black brute" in the days of Jim Crow, segregated bathrooms.
Black men were portrayed in the media as uncontrollable sexual deviants hell-bent on raping white women and killing white men.
The stereotype began crumbing after a black teenager, Emmett Till, was murdered in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.
Till's mother insisted on an open casket funeral so that the world would see how badly her son had been beaten and mutilated.