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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