South Dakota lawmaker: Let businesses ‘turn away people of color,’ later apologizes

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE REP. MICHAEL CLARK.

White people are thinking in terms of segregation after a failed social engineering experiment of forced integration in America. Blacks are thinking of it too, demanding their “safe spaces” away from whites while following whites to the ends of the earth.

Naturally, the (((powers that be))) will see to it that you’re swatted down if you utter the words you’ve been thinking about.

Is a man really free if he must accept all customers who come knocking on the door of his business? There is no plausible argument for “civil rights” as currently defined in American law, if freedom is your highest value.

Argus Leader

A South Dakota lawmaker on Monday said businesses should be able to turn away customers based on race.

In a Facebook comment, state Rep. Michael Clark, a Hartford Republican, said business owners should have the final say in who they serve.

Clark later pulled the Facebook comment. And an hour after the Argus Leader published a story about the comment, he issued an email apology to a reporter.

The comment elicited outrage from constituents and calls to withdraw the lawmaker from Democrats running to replace him.

Clark’s initial comment came in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decision Monday siding with a Colorado baker that refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding.

“He should have the opportunity to run his business the way he wants,” Clark wrote. “If he wants to turn away people of color, then that(‘s) his choice.”

Clark posted a story and in the description celebrated the decision as a “win for freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”

In response, others called into question the lawmaker’s comments and pointed to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. And they began sharing Clark’s comments on other social media sites.

“You can’t turn away someone from your business because of their race, it was illegal yesterday, and it’s illegal today,” said Libby Skarin, policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota.

Clark took down the post on Tuesday to re-write it, saying he’d “jumped in on it a little bit too fast.”

In an interview with the Argus Leader, Clark said that business owners with strongly-held beliefs should be able to turn away customers.

“If it’s truly his strongly based belief, he should be able to turn them away,” Clark said. “People shouldn’t be able to use their minority status to bully a business.”

And if the community doesn’t support a store or restaurant that bars customers for that reason or others, it will put them out of business.

“The vote of the dollar is very strong,” he said.

An hour after an initial version of this story published online, Clark wrote an apology in an email to an Argus Leader reporter.

“I am apologizing for some of my Facebook comments,” he wrote. “I would never advocate discriminating against people based on their color or race.”

Clark does not face a primary challenger and has filed petitions to run for re-election to represent District 9.

The state Democratic Party and Democrats set to run against him in November expressed concern about the remark and said it demonstrated he was unfit to hold his office.

“He doesn’t understand the rights of people he represents,” said District 9 House candidate Toni Miller. “He is not qualified for the office he holds.”

Mr. Clark got it right the first time. No apologies were necessary.

5 thoughts on “South Dakota lawmaker: Let businesses ‘turn away people of color,’ later apologizes

  1. Good lord, you’d think that the reading comprehension skills of an ACLU apparatchnik and a political candidate would be a bit higher- the man said a business owner ‘should’ be able to discriminate, not that he actually could, according to current law.

  2. We need more politicos like this guy. Let the niggers go elsewhere. The signs that read,”we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone we choose” should be used In reference to all niggers.

  3. So, if I say give you some m&ms and tell you the green ones are 15% of the pack. Now of those
    15% maybe 10% of those will kill you, but the rest of the green ones are just swell. If you refuse to eat the green ones your racist ? Maybe you just dont want to die to show how non racist you are.

  4. He was correct – a business owner has the RIGHT to do business with whomever he chooses. Its none of the governments business how I run MY business.
    never apologise.

  5. The amount of time wasted with Humanity on this jew thing called racism is preposterous and seemingly relentless. Let’s just turn the page and talk about something else for crying out loud. Oh I forgot, the Jews have a war to win.

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