3 results for month: 04/2015


ON THE LEGACY OF PERCEIVED MENACE

On April 19th Freddie Gray, a 25-year old Black man in Baltimore Maryland, died from an injury he suffered while in police custody that severed 80% of his spinal cord. We have no idea what happened to cause the injury, but common sense tells us that such injuries do not occur by themselves. In the legal profession, we call it “res ipsa loquitur,” or “the thing speaks for itself.” Freddie’s death was inherently suspicious and in all likelihood the result of reckless behavior. But the real problem is that it was not an isolated incident. It came on the heels of several other incidents in which unarmed Black men died at the hands of ...

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On “Religious Freedom” in the American Marketplace

The American marketplace is governed by certain "rules of the road" that ensure that businesses are all held to the same standards and that consumers have full and equal access to goods and services.  These rules are universally applicable and deeply woven into our culture.  Americans fully comprehend that in the business sphere, the only color that is important is green.  And while businesses are free to determine how they comport their business, they are not free to do so in a way that patently disadvantages the marketplace generally or any segment of consumers within it.  We know that discrimination based on race or gender harms the ...