In these types of cases, I think the general public needs to get a better grasp on the meaning and importance of private property. Strong private property rights are necessary for a free society. Utopia is impossible and sometimes annoying things can happen when you live in a free society. It doesn't mean you can infringe on the rights of others private property just because something seemed rude or annoying.
Think about the discrimination that takes place in the stereotypical exclusive velvet-rope night club regarding letting in and serving some but not others. What kind of response do you think a white suburbanite guy would get walking into certain black urban barbershops. Should you be able to sue a mom-and-pop bodega because they give discounts to certain friends and family from their same country of origin but not you? All people are tribal and "tribes" can be based all sorts of different factors. Discrimination is exercised by each and every person all day long and is necessary for survival on the planet earth.
Trying to parse out what kinds of discrimination are ok and which are not is a waste of time and a losing battle, especially since they are based on transitory human thoughts that even the so-called discriminator isn’t completely aware of. What if a high-end store blocks a group of 20 screaming black high school kids from entering, but not a group of 18 elderly whites from a cruise ship tour. Is the discrimination based on race, class, age, behavior, the number in the group, etc? How do we ever find out for sure if this store is a bigot that must be burned at the stake?
Having said that, everyone is well with their rights to speak out against what they feel is wrong, immoral, etc, as well as remind others of reasons not patronize certain businesses. But, you shouldn't be able to use force to change things about someone else's private property, which includes a law suit. A law suit in this case is unjust because you are using the monopoly on violence held by government to expropriate money by force when there are no material damages.
I believe strongly that a private store is just as private as a private residence. Naturally, you can stop anyone you want from coming in your house to have a look around; a private store should have this same right. This idea is hard for some to accept, especially those who have irrational obsessions with lunch counters of yore, but once you erode this principle the whole world becomes a pissing ground and there are a slew of negative consequences for everyone.
I also must add that any act by the police is forcible when you are detained and can't just walk away like you can from Hermes or wherever. Such an act of force by the government should be held to an extremely high standard, limited to only the most limited and necessary applications.
Edited by alkydrinker - 10/31/13 at 10:49am