The experience my friends and I had at the popular Outback Steakhouse restaurant was an unusual and memorable one. Encounters such as this one can easily be misconstrued especially since the bartender was white and the customers were black. But one thing for certain, it illustrated how poor customer service can leave an aftertaste that will cause anyone to avoid patronizing at an establishment for years to come.
Pretty much every time the federal courts hear a case connected to civil rights, voices on the political right can be counted on to say, "Unelected judges shouldn't decide this! It should be left to the democratic process!" That's a fundamental misreading of the U.S. Constitution and it forces one to overlook some distinctly unpleasant history.
The reality is that there is no Christian persecution in the United States. Not being allowed to discriminate based on completely self-professed and arbitrary "sincerely held religious beliefs" is not an example of persecution. Having the only federal religious holiday be Christmas is a characteristic of a group granted special privileges by civil society.
How do we eliminate the bias against black skin which seems to be so inextricably linked to issues of discrimination that have a real impact on the progress of African-Americans? Economic investment, legal reform and improvements in education are certainly needed. But, I also believe that positive multicultural media is part of the solution.