Originally Posted by suited
Let the people and market determine which businesses survive.
You make it sound as though the only people potentially discriminated against would be black people.
I'm picking a particular real world example to highlight the consequences of this stance. "I can't buy a cake from the vendor I like!" is easily trivialized, but the very obvious problems of mass discrimination in the not too distant past aren't. I don't think society is going to agree that "Well, it's ok because anyone
can be discriminated against!" is much reassurance.
History has demonstrated that people are entirely willing to go against their own economic interests for the sake of prejudice. When the majority is persecuting a minority and that practice is widespread, that can have a profound effect on society and the quality of life for those minorities. It's pretty easy to imagine a small town where everybody
refuses to sell to gays, or blacks, or whoever. It was common before the Civil Rights act passed.
We really want to go back to the society we had before the Civil Rights Act?
One thing we know for certain - nothing bad could ever come from a piece of legislation designed to strong arm lenders into loaning money to people who are not creditworthy.
False equivalence there. Forbidding lenders from discriminating based on race is not the same as forcing them to make loans to unqualified people. You can refuse to let race be a negative while not requiring that it be a positive.