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January 5, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

Justifying the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Social Justice vs. Private Property

Dignity of the people, respect, and the value of fairness trump the ability to discriminate. Do property owners get to price discriminate too? $2 gas for the anglos, $4 gas for the African Americans, $6 gas for the African Africans, and $8 gas for all the other “brown people.” What if all the grocery store owners in a neighborhood were racist? Racism is a market distortion. It doesn’t belong. Thats what it means to be a citizen. Once you are a citizen, it means something–that you can’t take it away. That is what our 14th Amendment is all about. Our 14th Amendment is more important than Benjamins, your dime store collectibles and materialist chochkeys. How you treat people means something. The fundamental dignity of humans irrespective of race and age and geography is fundamental to what it means to be an American. You can’t tell the middle or lower castes in society they don’t deserve service because of an intrinsic part of their identity and biology (something they have no ability to change.) This is what makes America different than the Balkanization of Europe where racism is bubbling at the surface of human interactions. Hate and specifically hate for a race or a continent or a peoples….wasn’t something we would provide Constitutional cover for. Thats a principled legacy I’m glad to stand behind. Our character as a nation is something no money can purchase–especially to disparage another citizen….or human being.

*As a pre-empt-I obviously have problems which are presented by our national policy toward resident aliens, but I can’t do anything to change that in this comment on Quora (I have to deal with that reality).
**We did provide cover for it in the 1st Amendment, but arguably thats a different function.

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