Comment: I was in a graduate class

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I was in a graduate class

and we were discussing race relations. My position is that we don't talk about race as much as we should, because, more or less, we've been taught not to discuss race. We were also talking about property rights and whether or not businesses had the right to refuse service, which most of my colleagues thought was a bad idea.

I gave two examples.

A new restaurant opens in town, and my son and I decide to try it. The food is good and the prices are reasonable. Over the years, we eat lunches and dinners in this restaurant even getting to know the owner. What we didn't know was once a month the Klu Klux Klan held its meetings in this businesses owner's back room. Would we have frequented the restaurant if we had this information? No, we wouldn't. Yet, because we didn't have this information we spent money in this establishment, keeping the owner in business.

In the second example, we choose to have lunch in a new restaurant in town. As we walk to the entrance, there is a sign on the door that states, "blacks not served here." Would we have lunch there? No, we wouldn't. At least in this example, the racism is up front and people can make a decision as to whether or not they want to have lunch in this restaurant or be part of putting this restaurant out of business.