I had a small letter to the editor published in the Red and Black today. My letter was in response to this editorial, where the author seemed to indicate that businesses in Athens are breaking the law when they limit which customers can enter their private property.
I completely understand the author’s purpose in writing this, but I think the piece would have been much better if it had focused on the how racism downtown affects minority recruitment efforts, instead of legal matters.
Here is a copy of my letter:
Totten treads worn trails with column
Mr. Totten, it seems you have brought up the same subject that is discussed in The Red & Black every spring.
In fact, last April I wrote a very similar letter to the editor when someone else complained about the possible racist treatment of some at the bars downtown.
I would like to reiterate my point: a private business can have whatever policy it wishes regarding who it serves. This is not illegal, as you seem to believe it is.
I also would like to offer you the same advice I gave a year ago: you are free to open your own establishment where you only let in people wearing silver chains, black shoes, mohawks or whatever quality you wish.
You have this right, as does every other owner of a private business.
CHRIS M. LINDSEY
And while I must say I appreciate the Red and Black for publishing this letter, I wish they had written a better byline.