Wednesday, July 10, 2002

CityBeat: Your Negro Tour Guide (2002-07-11)
Kathy needs to learn the difference between what people call "civil rights" and "economic rights". Civil rights are most commonly thought of as personal freedoms, like voting; not being discriminated against race, gender, or sexual orientation; freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and privacy rights. Economic rights deal with doing business as in operating a company, a small business, or other entrepreneurial enterprises.

The claims of economic repression by the boycotters are the biggest fallacy of their protests. Anyone in this city can start his or her own business. The problem is you can't just make it happen by magic. It takes work. It also does take financing. Blacks can get financing, but not if they don't have a profitable business in mind, and not if they have no experience in working in that type of business. No one is going to lend me money to start a barbershop at 12th and Vine Street. Why you ask? I have no experience in cutting hair, and the crime rate in that location is not conducive for a profitable business. Is it racist to think I could not do it? I really could do it, with enough money, courage, and police protection, but not in a reasonable amount of time. Time is something Kathy Wilson and the boycotters don't want to consider. They want instant revenge on the white man, and she seems to think that Gay White men (all of them are not conservatives as she claims, I bet not even most) will want to trade in selling their souls(sic) to the devil(sic) in order to gain the freedom they can win on their own.

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