An Inclusive Litany

9/17/02

After the city of Troy, New York, instituted a law against spitting on the sidewalk, the local branch of the NAACP denounced the law as racist because in a city where whites were the majority, four of the five people cited under the law thus far were black.

And in Springfield, Illinois, a Denny's restaurant closed its doors from 3:00 to 5:00 a.m. on Sundays because patrons from nearby clubs that close at 3:00 would routinely descend on the restaurant and cause problems, such as not paying for food. The local NAACP branch threatened a discrimination lawsuit against the chain because "there is a predominance of African-American groups of people who go to restaurants at that time." If that Denny's closed its doors, the group reasoned, they should all have to, otherwise be compelled to remain open.

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