In as far as the owners of Farmers Market posting on FB, kudos for identifying yourselves as Libertarians and hiding behind that political flag to cloak your bigoted views. The argument you espouse is disingenuous considering, we live in a Democratic REpublic , subject to civil laws that you apparently advocate flagrantly disregarding. The donations to gay organizations does not undo the damage. My friends and I wont be shopping there. The word is spread.
These people seem to forget that many Constitutional laws were passed PROHIBITING discrimination. Portland Or and Multnomah County have specific anti discrimination statutes covering, race, age , gender and sexual minorities. So if your business is operating within the Portland Metro , Mult. County area , you are breaking not only the US Constitutional laws but local state, county , city statutes. Those of us who have experienced racial, gender discrimination recognize bigotry when its presented. There's no way to justify a prejudiced mindset regardless of which community or people its directed toward. I encourage anyone that's opposed to exclusionary practices and all forms of bigotry to follow Dr. Kings example and call out discrimination publicly, acknowledge it for what it is and DO BOYCOTT BUSINESSES that engage in discriminatory policies.
Gosh, I guess if one is racist and a libertarian business owner with racist ideology and convictions,, they also have the right to refuse service to people of color according to circular logic that Mr. Zukin is pandering. The bottom line, if you choose to discriminate against customers based on intrinsic traits, that includes sexual orientation, ethnic identity,gender etc.. your business deserves to be boycotted by the intelligent, well informed civic conscious citizenry. That's whats known as community censure. Lets take it a step further and propose voluntary segregation by business owners that choose to discriminate against others whom they deem unfit and so offensive to self righteous personal convictions. By the same token, they will and should suffer the consequences for flagrant disregard of individual civil rights and Constitutional law. No one is dictating to you , bigoted business owners, however, if you parrot archaic uneducated views and expect the rest of the civilized community to NOT publicly censure you for exclusion of protected classes from patronizing your business you truly are living in a delusional pre integrationist bubble. Sure, express your convictions all you want and enact exclusionary policies in your business establishment all you want. You have the right to be a bigot, but you might want to prepare to start cultivating customers from people who think the as you do. Because, the majority of Americans are far more enlightened than people like you and wont patronize your businesses. That's not a witch hunt but the consequences and repercussions of your publicly stated bigotry. That's the beauty of freedom of speech. You have the right to believe as you do and state it and the rest of us who disagree have the right to vociferously respond. Now that's Democracy in action.
I remember when NE/N Portland had a larger Hispanic and African American and Filipino community. Im a person of color. That was before the mass migration of the GENTRIFIERS that wrecked and pushed out the communities of color. Im a native and was raised here. Ive lived in practically every part of the city. Yes Portland appears homogenous. But to natives who know the city, there are pockets of ethnic culture. You just have to be clued in to where they are now. Real ethnically acculturated citizens DO NOT PATRONIZE WHITE WASHED POK POK>whose cuisine was co opted by a white chef to serve to the whitwashed clueless masses , who have no idea what authentic SE Asian street food is really like. There is a THAI place across from it on SE Division thats ACTUALLY RUN BY A THAI family. Unfortunately, they too will have to make room for the PORTLANDIA HIPSTERS THAT HAVE ALL BUT RUINED THIS PLACE. THE DREAM OF THE '90s DIED WITH THEIR INFLUX. If the whitewashed masses want an ethnic authentic experience, they need to travel toward the EAST. From 82nd down or farther NORTH to ST. JOHNS.. Thats where you find color. This place has gotten so overcrowded with AFFLUENT CONDO REFUGEES that I want to flee. Flee the city I love and was raised in. The flatulent ramblings of Ian Carmel do little to educate and elucidate on Portlands spoilage and whitewashing. Once upon a time, ALBERTA, KILLINGSWORTH was the hood. Now its just another of a number of overpriced ubertrendy districts. Theres too many people here, bringing the same hubris and garbage they fled other places to escape. That is sad. PORTLAND has been turned into another dirty, grimey, graffitti infested city. Its been mercilessly Calfornicated and Condified by greedy land developers and clueless policy makers that rolled out the red carpet for this riffraff to invade(Thanks former Mayor ADAMS!). As for criticizing its white history, Portland is no different from any other homogenous metropolis that shares that history. But Portland stood out for many reasons, the ability of its people to progress and change the city by fighting for core values of livability, responsibility and stewardship. Thats why Portlanders, not Portlandians, fight to protect and speak out on her behalf. Most of us are not racist and resent the presumptous assumptions of haters like Ian Karmel. If its too white, its because they dont live in a diverse universe and choose not to venture fruther out from their trendy whitewashed neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the greedy , opportunistic , haters and spoilers are winning. Portland is being transformed into a city of haves with no room for the have nots. A city of self entitled whiners , just like any other major metropolis in America. Ive been to Detroit, SanFancisco, New Orleans, etc.. but I always loved coming home, to Portland because it was green, polite and peaceful. But that time is past. Now, Thats tragic.
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