I believe that when the civil rights act was passed it was necessary. I do not believe it is now.
When it was passed, minorities held virtually no positions of power or prominence in society. That is not the case today. I don't think anyone disputes that Mustachio's family was discriminated against. In today's time, if a business decided to discriminate against a particular group of people, another business would open that caters to the affected race. NAACP and other groups would bring much unwanted publicity to any business that discriminates.
Several other points:
- It is completely legal to discriminate. All that is required is to call it a "private" club. So why doesn't this happen more often and I am curious what the people that believe the CRA should stand feel about "private" clubs.
- People will discriminate regardless. Very few situations exist that a person could not be refused service for **some** reason. Retail sales would be an exception. In the case of the house that was presented earlier, all the home owners had to do was refuse the first offer and keep their mouth shut to the reason.
- Why would a person want to frequent a place they aren't welcome? No law exists that requires a proprietor to make a customer "comfortable". If a person goes in place and made to feel "out of place" chances are they would leave and/or not come back to that business.
- Isn't it interesting that the only time it's legal to ask a person race is if it's required by the government?