State Sen. Phil Jensen (R-S.D.) consider himself to be one of the most conservative people in South Dakota.  He also believes that too many people in the Republican party or only Republicans in name.  Recently Jensen came under fire for comments he made about a bill that would  permit South Dakota businesses and residents to refuse services to customers based on their sexual orientation.

In an interview published in the Rapid City Journal Jensen’s logic didn’t quite earn him any brownie points.

“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,” Jensen told the Journal, advocating for the free market’s role in promoting civil rights.

President of the Black Hills Center for Equality David Patton, a vocal opponent of SB 128, rejected Jensen’s reasoning, citing the necessity of civil rights legislation to protect minority groups.

“The free market didn’t do away with slavery,” Patton told the Journal.

Although the bill was rejected, and some Republicans referred to it as deplorable and sick,  Jensen is still in support of it.  He says the bill  would have ensured the freedom of businesses to choose their clientele.

“It’s a bill that protects the constitutional right to free association, the right to free speech and private property rights,” he said.


Clutchettes, do you think bills such as SB 128 protects free speech & property rights, or is just a way for people to discriminate legally?

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  • Jello

    I wish this bill could be passed country wide. I don’t want to put money in racists pockets!

    In this case being back segregation. I bet more black businesses would open up. Blacks have over 1.1 trillion a yr in buying power but only account for 1% of the countries wealth.

    I’d love for us to invest our kidney ini US or not those who truly do care about the BC.

    • I agree with you… It also might be good for us colored folk to start supporting our own and remembering what we are collectively capable of.

      Besides, if you don’t want me to patronize your business I don’t want to patronize your business. There are others who will be thankful for my money.

  • Nirvana

    Looks like Ask_Me’s hubby wants to keep all the Popeyes Chicken to himself

  • Primmest Plum

    This is kind of off topic but still has to do with business I suppose. Does anyone remember the Day Without an Immigrant Rally that went on around 6 or so years ago? It was based on the premise that immigrants, undocumented and documented, were the backbone of the American economy. I’ve always wondered, What if for one day WE didn’t spend any money, go to work, and completely mark out for a day. What effect would that have on the economy?

  • Afro Scented

    I actually support his position, and so too would Malcolm X. Remember that Malcolm said that he respected southern racists (as opposed to their cowardly, condescending northern counter-parts) because of their honesty. In fact, he said it does black people a favor, letting them know in advance where they are not welcomed (and he slammed integrationists for being seemingly oblivious to this far too often). In most, if not all, staunchly red states racists proudly wave the flag of their bigotry and as a result, as Dave Chappelle pointed out once, “there are no secrets in Mississippi.” I’d like to know what business owners think of me before I step foot in their establishment and take my money out of my pocket, lest I look like a fool when I walk into a Denny’s.