Contrary to one of the comments, it is not the case that a business "cannot discriminate against any group for any reason". In reality, no statute and no court says any such thing.
This same comment further claims that the Establishment clause of the First Amendment means that a private individual or business "cannot use a religious argument to justify discrimination." This is exactly backwards, inasmuch as the First Amendment constrains the state, not individuals, and is the foundation for any argument FOR religious exemptions.
Your argument is specious.
This is not a religious argument, it is a civil rights argument. If a business does business with the public, it cannot discriminate against any group for any reason. Our courts have upheld this many times.
You argument is the same which was used against Irish Americans in the late 19th century, Italian Americans in the early 20th century, and against African Americans until the late 20th century (although many would argue that this discrimination continues in many forms).
You advocate discrimination against one group of citizens. Our laws now prohibit this.
Additionally, our Constitution, as you reference, clearly states the separation of church and state in the first Amendment. You cannot use a religious argument to justify discrimination.
Dear Mr. Levato,
Indeed you did "cover the news in this town for 40 years," and during my numerous encounters with you (as a reporter), especially as it relates to "the race issue," which Lovely Warren did not create, and has not perpetuated, I found that you always openly displayed the deepest , clearest form of cognitive dissonance. That is, you never really wanted to discuss issues of race. In my experience with you (as a reporter), anytime the issues arose, you avoided it like the plague, and always had some type of alternative explanation.
I paid very close attention to the 2013 Mayoral Election, and did not see a single indication of your perspective that Mayor Warren has an "apparent view of the city as black versus white." I think what you really mean is that you are disturbed by the fact that she would (from your perspective) dare raise race as a clear, deep-seated, pervasive, and potentially explosive, volatile, historic, and ongoing, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and sociocultural issue and problem (not only in Rochester and Monroe County), but throughout the thoroughly racist, white-supremacist, U.S. nation-state, which does matter, and must be dealt with.
I openly and publicly challenge you to point out a single statement by Mayor Warren, in which she has said that "a white [super-wealthy] mayor like Tom Richards could not fully understand the needs of poor black folks" --- even though this probably is an undeniable fact.
I also openly challenge you to point us to any "broadcast [in which Mayor Warren has said] that a black police officer is better at defusing tense situations involving African Americans." What you're alluding to is the fact that she has said, understanding the history, culture, and ethos of people whom you police, which the overwhelming majority of RPD Officers do not, does matter. This raises the important issue of the need for ongoing, appropriate, cultural "sensitivity" training, which is one issue that Mayor Warren emphasized during the campaign. By the way, yes, sometimes (not always, because actually there are some pretty messed-up cops of color) race really does matter when you need a cop." People of color must always remain acutely aware of the fact that one wrong move when confronted by many white cops, especially those who are not properly trained, and/or grounded in the histories, cultures, and ethos's of people of color --- can, easily cost your life. I'm not making this up Ray. Go take a long, objective (if that's possible for you) look at the history of policing within the thoroughly racist, U.S. nation-state, particularly within communities of color --- then report to us what you find.
The idea that "Warren waged class warfare" would be laughable --- if it was not so diluted.
You say that you "wish Warren well," but something way down in my gut tells me that you really don't.
Howard J. Eagle
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