About two months ago I mentioned my disappointment that Raleigh, NC lacked Southern culture, only to be informed in the comment section that true sweet-tea-drinking Southerners don’t even consider the city to be part of the South. The longer I stay in this godforsaken place the better I understand why real Southerners share the sentiment.
Last week I couldn’t take a single step without hearing a television pundit cry about rampant racism in North Carolina. One would almost assume the Black Panthers and Aryan Brotherhood were fighting in the streets immediately outside the UNC campus. Turns out the only thing that happened is that businessman Todd Chriscoe didn’t let a black guy eat at his sports bar, a phenomenon I refer to as “private property, get over it.”
The guy who was kicked out of the bar is Jonathan Wall, a 21-year-old student with plans to attend graduate school next fall at Harvard University, the esteemed institution that hosts an “Understanding Obama” reading group. Among Wall’s other accomplishments is a stint at the NAACP’s Atlanta branch.
Wall insisted after sparking the initial stir, “I’m not trying to cause trouble….But I can’t just sit back.” He continued not trying to cause trouble by giving numerous interviews to popular news outlets and plastering his story all over the Internet. Then came a press conference followed with other people claiming to have been kicked out of the bar for racial reasons. One man described his experience as “not physical,” but he somehow knew the owner was racist due to “the way they treated me.” Another man spoke out about how the establishment treats blacks like “second-hand patrons” even though “it’s subtle.”
If I were to hear these nonspecific explanations alone, I’d say the discomfort they felt had more to do with race-centric paranoia than anything else, but the evidence piling up suggests that the bar owner really doesn’t like black people. Local news station WRAL did one of their hyperbolic investigations eleven years ago at another one of his businesses which frequently turned away black couples and allowed white ones to enter.
Let’s assume that Chriscoe openly discriminates on a racial basis.
Raleigh’s residents seem perplexed about how someone can voluntarily discriminate and still maintain a successful business.
If Wall’s account is true, Chriscoe does sound like a jackass. Wall says that he was forced into a headlock as he waited for friends so they could leave together, which would be a ridiculous way for a bar owner to act (with or without racist intentions). Then again, these stories are verified by the Internet only, and it will be interesting to see whether Chriscoe releases security footage from the night in question.
Yet why is no one critiquing comments made by Wall’s supporters? A quick peek at Wall’s Facebook page and you’ll see a smug commenter who wrote, “[It’s] good I wasn’t with you that night or I would’ve gotten locked up for showing them the nigga they wanted to see.…” Wall joyously “liked” the comment.
These statements hardly parallel the evolved, civil, and progressive values those on the left pretend to cherish. Now there’s a rally planned for Saturday afternoon. Various idiots will march in a circle, protesting the bar owner and insisting that “there is NO PLACE FOR RACISM in the city of Raleigh.” And then what happens?
Should the Raleigh Police Department stampede into the bar like a micro-Waco? Should they search for evidence of racism and then shut the bar down through government force when they find no portraits of Malcolm X hanging above the bathroom stalls?
It’s sickening that Raleigh’s residents refuse to acknowledge even the simplest aspect of private property. Let’s be clear: No one has a right to enter Chriscoe’s business in the first place. If he asks you to leave, then leave. Whether it’s because you’re black, because you’re wearing stupid sandals, or for no reason at all, what the owner says goes.
Our problem today is that people are beginning to think of businesses as public goods. Any action opposing this collectivist illusion is ultimately followed with lawsuits.
The obscene disappearance of male space (e.g., social clubs, barbershops) is linked to businessmen’s fear of being prosecuted for providing an environment to customers who want to spend time with others like them. One of the most notable examples is McSorley’s Old Ale House in the East Village, an Irish tavern whose motto used to be “Good Ale, Raw Onions and No Ladies” until the feminist maggots forcibly opened its doors to women in 1970.
Walter Block explains it best in Defending the Undefendable:
Was their right to choose being violated? No. What they experienced was what a man experiences when a woman rejects his sexual advances. The woman who refuses to date a man is not guilty of violating his rights—for his rights do not include a relationship with her….[And] women’s rights do not include drinking with people who do not wish to drink with them.
Would Wall oppose an enterprise catering to an all-black customer base?
Unfortunately the government won’t stop enforcing this madness until entrepreneurs take a stand and say, “No.” Passive aggression works in the short term but will not outlast the progressives’ incessant barges into our lives. Will this civil disobedience ever happen? We may not know until it does. One thing is certain: The longer politicians force people together, the harder people will push against the grain. And the harder they push, the harder this delicate society will crash on the ground into pieces.
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