Particularly entertaining is Wildes’ second paragraph,
His second claim is an example of a fundamental logical mistake. In peaking of discriminatory lunch counters, Dr. Block makes the mistake of assuming that because of the Civil Rights legislation people would be compelled to associate with others against their will. The Civil Rights legislation did no such thing. What the Civil Rights legislation did was prevent places like Woolworth’s from excluding people because of their race. No one was forced to sit at the lunch counter. The law simply made clear that people could not be excluded from the lunch counter because of their race.
I think he does realize he’s wrong, but he doesn’t want to admit the real reason he disagrees with Block. Or, maybe the focus on the right to disassociation distracts Wildes. Those who support the Civil Rights legislation believe that people, especially those who provide products and services, shouldn’t be allowed to disassociate with others based on race. I don’t know why he doesn’t make this point instead, since it’s a reasonable — not certainly right, but not certainly wrong, either — position to hold.