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Segregation Now!

by baldilocks

Don’t call it a comeback

The lat­est in polit­i­cal delin­eation news is that White House Press Sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee Sanders was refused ser­vice at Red Hen Restau­rant in Lex­ing­ton, Vir­ginia. Sanders merely reported it and said that she and her fam­ily com­plied and left.

And this is fair. As Peter pointed out, restau­rants and other busi­nesses claim that they have the right to refuse ser­vice to any­one for any rea­son. But we all know that this not the truth. Pizza par­lors and bak­eries have been legally dri­ven out of busi­ness for refus­ing to do busi­ness with poten­tial cus­tomers for var­i­ous rea­sons, mostly involv­ing Chris­tian­ity and same-​sex marriage.

Recall what I said about this a few years back while com­mem­o­rat­ing the 50th anniver­sary of the Civil Rights Act. Bot­tom line: I don’t think seg­re­ga­tion of any type should be out­lawed for pri­vately owned busi­nesses; nor should inte­gra­tion be forced.

This applies to race, but a busi­ness owner should also be able to refuse to serve those whose pol­i­tics, per­son or breath he/​she doesn’t like. I sus­pect that Sanders thinks this way, too.

And, of course, pri­vate cit­i­zens are already prank­ing the place: call­ing in reser­va­tions and not show­ing up. Silliness.

More silli­ness: the resul­tant Yelp review bat­tles.

Some are blam­ing this on Sanders for even men­tion­ing the inci­dent; for “tar­get­ing” the business.

Please. The employee who turned Sanders away tar­geted the busi­ness her­self, not to men­tion tar­get­ing other unaf­fil­i­ated Red Hen restau­rants whose own­ers are now hav­ing to dis­avow Red Hen Lex­ing­ton. Did the RHL employee expect one of the most vis­i­ble women in the coun­try to keep the snub to herself?

So it is that Democ­rats are bring­ing back their old friend, restau­rant segregation.

Are these the new old rules?

How­ever, this is actu­ally how free­dom is sup­posed to work: a busi­ness owner is free to refuse ser­vice to any­one – includ­ing con­ser­v­a­tives, women, blacks, homo­sex­u­als, and Trump employ­ees — and, after dis­cov­er­ing a business’s pref­er­ence, the rest of us are free to steer clear of that busi­ness. Or to give it our money. Or open up a com­pet­ing busi­ness across the street with dif­fer­ent rules of service.

And now that we are once again reminded that some busi­ness own­ers do not want the busi­ness of conservatives/​Republicans in gen­eral and Trump supporters/​employees in par­tic­u­lar, each one of us should decide to act accordingly.

They’re free to choose. So are you.

And to remember.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

Don’t call it a comeback

The latest in political delineation news is that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was refused service at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. Sanders merely reported it and said that she and her family complied and left.

And this is fair. As Peter pointed out, restaurants and other businesses claim that they have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. But we all know that this not the truth. Pizza parlors and bakeries have been legally driven out of business for refusing to do business with potential customers for various reasons, mostly involving Christianity and same-sex marriage.

Recall what I said about this a few years back while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Bottom line: I don’t think segregation of any type should be outlawed for privately owned businesses; nor should integration be forced.

This applies to race, but a business owner should also be able to refuse to serve those whose politics, person or breath he/she doesn’t like. I suspect that Sanders thinks this way, too.

And, of course, private citizens are already pranking the place: calling in reservations and not showing up. Silliness.

More silliness: the resultant Yelp review battles.

Some are blaming this on Sanders for even mentioning the incident; for “targeting” the business.

Please. The employee who turned Sanders away targeted the business herself, not to mention targeting other unaffiliated Red Hen restaurants whose owners are now having to disavow Red Hen Lexington. Did the RHL employee expect one of the most visible women in the country to keep the snub to herself?

So it is that Democrats are bringing back their old friend, restaurant segregation.

Are these the new old rules?

However, this is actually how freedom is supposed to work: a business owner is free to refuse service to anyone – including conservatives, women, blacks, homosexuals, and Trump employees — and, after discovering a business’s preference, the rest of us are free to steer clear of that business. Or to give it our money. Or open up a competing business across the street with different rules of service.

And now that we are once again reminded that some business owners do not want the business of conservatives/Republicans in general and Trump supporters/employees in particular, each one of us should decide to act accordingly.

They’re free to choose. So are you.

And to remember.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar for his new not-GoDaddy host!

Or hit Juliette’s!