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Prior Restraint

“I’m going to stick to my guns because I think I have the right as a business owner to reject service to anyone,” insists Mark Prior of Abbotsford, Wisc. Before he opened his strip club, he posted a sign out front: “No Negro’s Allowed” [sic]. Of course, such discrimination has been illegal for decades, but Prior either doesn’t care, or doesn’t think the law applies to him. “If I’ve got a problem with you it’s going to be on the front of my store,” he says, and he’ll defend it in court if he has to. Prior’s previous two businesses failed: a grocery store and a private sheriff’s department. “Our mistake,” said Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, a professor of African American history at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, “is sometimes we look for logic in something that is just plain stupid.” (RC/NBC News) ...Right, but you have to admire the guy just a little bit for coming up with the business model of running his own sheriff’s department.
Original Publication Date: 09 January 2011
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