Some asshole restaurant owner in Enid, OK has made it rather clear that many types of people are not welcome in his establishment.
At times, some idiots in politics and the media have suggested that the Civil Rights Act is no longer necessary, and that the free market would sink any racist establishments.
This is pretty clearly not the case – this particular restaurant has apparently thrived for years.
So why does this matter? Why not let this asshole run his property the way he sees fit? We don’t have to give him our business, of course.
It matters because without such protection, there would be nothing to stop the return of ‘sundown towns’-- communities (that really existed, and even in recent decades!) with unwritten agreements that people of color will not be served in restaurants, given rooms in hotels, etc. If the majority of a community supports this kind of policy, then black people driving through might have no place to eat, to stay, get gas, etc.
This one restaurant is not an earth-shattering deal. But it demonstrates that the free market is not enough to protect Civil Rights.