Mike Moore, a furniture designer, brand developer, consultant and entrepreneur, has been involved with the home furnishings industry in the residential and hospitality sectors for years, he pointed out. Now he’s suggesting that participants visiting the Spring High Point Market should engage in a “selective boycott” as a way to protest the North Carolina legislature’s adoption of HB2, recently signed into law by the state’s governor, Pat McCrory.
HB2, the bill recently passed by North Carolina. restricts access to public restroom facilities by birth gender and limits which groups may be considered for anti-discrimination legislation. The new law states that gender orientation and sexual preference cannot be the basis of any anti-discrimination legislation in North Carolina.
“How? Stay home, buy more. Invest the travel savings into your inventory and vendors. Take your business away from North Carolina, not from your vendors. I’ve found politicians react quickly when their money dries up,” he said in a statement.
In another suggestion for intelligent boycott execution, he recommended, “go to market, but cut your trip short. Race through, take pics of new products and new exhibitors. Go home. Place orders.”
As his business is based in North Carolina, Moore said his plan involves limiting his attendance at market to “one day instead of three. I’ve got four hotels on our project boards at the moment, so I’ll be the guy running the hallways. Regarding my business? The governor seems unaware that I live here— as do many— by choice, not by necessity. If McCrory’s, and his lawmakers’, intent is to make us want to move our business and home out of NC, they’re doing a great job.”