One Wisconsin man claims he has a point to make—and he’s  reverting back to actions used against African-Americans over 60 to 70 years ago.

Mark Prior posted a sign for a future business that read, “No Negros Allowed” on his Milwaukee store after he claimed he had problems with Black people in his past and wanted to make a policy against them. He claims that he has the right to discriminate.

“If I’ve got a problem with you it’s going to be on the front of my store,” Mark Prior told WEAU-13.

Prior may have his right to freedom of speech, however, according to federal and Wisconsin state law, prohibiting people to enter a public business based on race is illegal. Prior claims he is trying to make a larger point with his actions.

“I’m going to stick to my guns because I think I have the right as a business owner to reject service to anyone. It’s not all the Black people there are just a few bad ones,” Prior says of his problems in the past.

He moved his sign inside after a local citizen requested that he remove it. According to Dr. Selika Duckworth-Lawton, an African-American historian at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Prior is just looking for attention.

“Our mistake is sometimes we look for logic in something that is just plain stupid,” said Ducksworth-Lawton. According to her, he’ll be in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Prior claims that his goal is to open a gentlemen’s club in a building next to the city hall and local library.

Sound off! Do you believe this owner has the right to discriminate against entrants into his future business?

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  • Tisiphani

    Ooops My apologies just reread my post, Milwaukee is Southeast. Have a great day.

  • Edward JOhnson

    It’s a damn shame, an adult in todays time and trouble can’t think of anything else to do except insult others with his disengenious bull deffication. Somebody need to file a federal lawsuit against him. Let’s see how rich his really is. Not just one person, but groups should visit his business and get rich from his insurance companies. Make him pay big. Visit his business everyday it is open. I live in ILLinois. stopped fishing in Wisc. when the State police kept stopping me While dirving Black. I wrote a letteter to the courts in Wisc., as well as the attorney general’s officer to complain about the unfair treatment by law enforcement up there. People like that don’t need jobs that pay them with tax money.
    That Asian man who was sent to prison for killing some White men was probley being harrased by those racist. America need to wake up or they will distroy this wonderful country with that racism. Not all Whites are racist, just some. Other Whites need to correct the racist when they hear it. Don’t wait for others, do it on your own.

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