Republican State Senator Wants Jim Crow Back So Businesses Can Discriminate Based on Race


Republican State Sen. Phil Jensen of South Dakota thinks companies should have the right to refuse service to people based on sexual orientation, race, and religion.

Jensen took bigotry a step beyond the Republican norm of discriminating against gay people.

According to the Rapid City Journal:

Jensen goes so far as to say that businesses should have the right to deny service based on a customer’s race or religion – whether that’s right or wrong, he says, can be fairly addressed by the free market, not the government.

“If someone was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and they were running a little bakery for instance, the majority of us would find it detestable that they refuse to serve blacks, and guess what? In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down because no one is going to patronize them,” he said.

The free market has an awful record when it comes to ending discrimination. The free market didn’t end slavery. The free market didn’t end Jim Crow. The free market is where women get paid seventy-seven cents for every dollar that a man makes.

The free market is not the cure all that conservatives like to claim it is, because the free market has no motivation other than making profit. The left has learned how to use their free market power as consumers to boycott right-wing hosts like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, and groups like ALEC, but the market itself is not concerned with issues like racism, bigotry, and discrimination.

Phil Jensen considers allowing business owners to discriminate a form of “real conservatism,” which sounds a whole lot code for racism and bigotry. Somewhere along the way for many members of the Republican Party conservatism became a synonym for racism.

As long as the Republican Party contains elected officials such as Phil Jensen, their attempt at outreach to minorities are destined to fail. Laws that prohibit racial discrimination shouldn’t be considered big government interference.

Anyone who believes that companies should be allowed to discriminate (Rand Paul) shouldn’t be holding office. They are disguising racism with conservatism. The goal isn’t to take the country back, but to this country back to a much more intolerant time.

32 Replies to “Republican State Senator Wants Jim Crow Back So Businesses Can Discriminate Based on Race”

  1. I really believe this scheme by libertarian Republicans will backfire on them. Most Americans will find this kind of thinking distasteful.

  2. I bet this makes ol Reince wince after all that talk yesterday about inclusion of minorities in the pub party. They are rolling out ads featuring “real” as they put it minorities as the spokespersons. This is becoming the party of Barnum & Bailey.

  3. Say, isn’t this very thought process what got Rand in so much trouble with Rachel a few years’ back? Ya know, wanting to gut the Civil Rights Act in the name of ‘free commerce” or something? Has no one learned anything in the past 50 years? Nope, the cretins have just taken over the GOP and old Reince hasn’t a clue how to send them back into the woodwork…they seem to be eating through it faster than he can stomp on them…if he even wants to. Methinks the entire GOP believes this garbage…they sure don’t come out against it.

  4. There IS no free market capitalism in the US. It’s rigged crony capitalism

    “free market” is a code word for “we want the right to run roughshod all over your rights and we don’t want you to have ANY recourse.”

    Make no mistake. This is what they want. Do not sugarcoat, do not give the benefit of the doubt. If the last 34 years has taught you ANYTHING know that they don’t have your interests at heart. They never have, they never will. They will take your rights away incrementally until you are under their jackboots and you have no more rights than a Russian serf pre-1917.

    Forewarned is forearmed.

  5. The whole “religious liberty” privilege to discriminate against gay people and punish sexually active women has really been nothing but a stalking horse for the “right” to discriminate, period. Every bigoted dog hears the dog whistle. The presstitute corps, however, have an excuse to pretend they don’t, so that they can continue with the “both sides” pissere et sublubricare number. Only every once in a while, somebody like this jumps the gun. If it’s a pol or a pundit, it’s someone marginal enough for plausible deniability, but make no mistake: these utterances are trial balloons.

  6. I wonder what he would say if condolezza rice want to shop in one of these stores. oops she is black- she cant be an honorary white. she is too black.

  7. It would probably be like when those shop owners in Amsterdam asked Oprah Winfrey if she could afford to shop there. Didnt bode well for them.

  8. I can’t believe there are people who actually think discrimination is a good thing, that it’s an admirable quality for one to have, that business should be able to engage in it whenever they want.

    I mean, correct me if I’m wrong but it IS 2014 right?

    There is no place for this kind of thing and it just makes me sick.

  9. Amen, Perhaps we should refuse to serve or work for republicans and the rich. Let them haul their own garbage, cut there own grass, buy from a republican store, maybe if we don’t want them in our neighborhoods we could run them out on a rail.Just saying, what’s good for one is good for all!

  10. While we’re at it, how about we bring back the old “Roman Empire tradition” where Christians are fed to lions??

  11. Please people, we have to dump these assholes. We have to get the vote out in November. That’s the only was to return back to a functioning government.

  12. They even hyped that scenario to the hilt – the period in which Christians were “fed to the lions” in Rome was rather short, they would have us believe that it went on for centuries. It also seems that those who cry “persecution of religion” are the biggest hypocrites and bigots – projection at it’s finest……

  13. Every time a tea bag comes here and lists what the tea party stands for I just laugh. THIS is what the tea party stands for

  14. This really doesn’t fundamentally differ from the policy positions espoused by that ‘civil rights anarchist’ and shining beacon of libertarian extremism, Rand Paul.

  15. I never again in life want to hear or read the words from Republicans that they were the ones who “freed the slaves.” This is 2014, not 1864, and the party is one that has devolved since then into one of crackpots that include racists, sexists especially misogynists, religious fanatics, xenophobes, homophobes, and those who oppose workers’ rights as well as voting rights for those who tend to be Democrats. Did I miss anything? At any rate, cretins like Phil Jensen serve the useful purpose of reminding us that the Republican Party actively works against the interests of everyday Americans, no matter how they try (unsuccessfully) to muzzle the obvious crazies in their party.

  16. What a hateful man. To think that he got elected and that’s his viewpoint on things. I can’t imagine what else runs in that little mind of his.

    Remember, free market didn’t do crap. Didn’t end slavery or the Jim Crow laws this dirtbag loves so much.

    So, people of South Dakota: When the time comes, vote this bastard out! We, the people, must stand united against those who hate America and what it stands for.

  17. The fact that there are black republicans – very visible ones – and gay republicans is evidence for me that the mental health problem in the USA needs to be addressed. I did not mention female republicans because many of them are victims of a conservative upbringing and follow in the footsteps of their husbands. A single woman who votes republican, on the other hand, must be basically masochistic. That this party of discrimination, fraud, calumny, exclusion and bigotry gets even a small percentage of the voting public on their side is surprising. That it is a majority in far too many places is astounding. What are people thinking, maybe that if the ultra-rich finally get enough (which will never happen!) that they will start being nice? Do they think a police state will make them safer? Do they imagine that the oh so dangerous gay people will go away because of legislation? Do they really want an evangelical inquisition? I suspect it is only ignorance and fear, which makes me very sad.

  18. LOL… Thinking Slavery ended at all, Read the 13th Amendment a little more carefully. It enshrines state slavery as punishment for a crime. They just changed the sign from plantation to penitentiary.

  19. “no one is going to patronize them”

    I can imagine this creep being more than happy to patronize a KKK run bakery (or burn-it-yourself cross shop).

  20. So lets summarize. You deny the words used by the senator, and you seem to have some evidence this is a communist site. Can we see this evidence or are you operating under a cliche and you have no idea what a communist is?

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