- It's not just a matter of calling something a "private club." Requiring a liquor license, as an example, will most often disqualify an establishment from exemption under the Federal statute -- as well as the fact that many states have enacted civil rights laws stricter than those of the Federal government.
- Re the house example, you're right. Had the seller not talked about his reasoning, it would have been difficult to prove. Who knows whether or not HUD would have pursued it. It might depend on what the final sale price was that the seller DID accept.
- Ask Rosa Parks why she wanted to sit in the front of the bus. Be prepared to listen to her answer.
Civil Rights Laws are needed. They serve a worthy purpose. And further, they aren't goin' anyplace.