Somebody once wanted me to sign a petition requiring that the food sold in restaurants and grocery stores if they contained GMO ingredients be labeled accordingly. I declined because I know that GMO foods are perfectly safe and healthy for consumption.
I argued that while food sellers have the right to promote their product as GMO-free, it's a violation of the First Amendment to force people to say (including label) something that they don't want to.
They pressed that people have the "right to know". I pointed out that there is no constitutional "right to know". I agreed that if there was an actual health or safety concern that that there should be warnings on the labels. The petitioner then said regardless of science, shouldn't a person have the right to know even if they "think" it's unsafe?
I replied with a hypothetical. I said, "say I am a racist, and I am squeamish about non-white people picking, processing and serving my food. Should I have the right to know that?" They discounted my analogy as a bizarre, irrelevant hypothetical and walked away without my signature. It turns out it wasn't so crazy.
A pair of 19th century Levis were found years ago by denim historian Michael Harris in an abandoned mine shaft, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Aside from the pants' wear and tear and what the buyers and Harris believe to be candle wax from the former wearer (a miner, they seem to believe), the jeans hold another piece of history — one that Levi's is likely to want to forget.
One of the faded pockets of the pants bears the phrase "The only kind made by white labor."
Btw, knowing about this label, why would anybody argue that previous generations were not more racist than we are?