Tools for Future Subjugation
Alright, so let’s allow that David Richardson pushed the envelope to an imprudent degree — that it was wrong of him to harass customers to his store for the reason that they were speaking Spanish. Mark my words: Such precedent will expand until it crowds out our freedom:
Providence storeowner David C. Richardson has signed a public apology for demanding to see a customer’s Social Security card last March after hearing the customer speak Spanish with a friend. Richardson signed the apology and agreed to give $500 to charity after two human-rights commissions found probable cause that he discriminated against the customer. …
The encounter, during the sale of an $18 plumbing supply, made national headlines. Richardson’s store, Rhode Island Refrigeration, has since closed.
Once our society stops defending people’s right to be boorish, we’re apt to find the adjective to be more subjective than we might like.