A racist White store owner cannot legally prevent a Black customer from trading with him. Yet, a racist White customer can legally prevent a Black store owner from trading with him by just not walking into his store. So what’s the difference? In both cases, one of the two parties (i.e., the Black person) in the trade is being economically “hurt” by the other party (i.e., the racist White person).
(I’m sure if the government could have figured out a way to “remedy” this discrimination, they’d have done it by now.)
[Thanks to an LRC reader who pointed this out to me.]12:57 pm on May 25, 2010 Email David Kramer