Cultural Revolutions


Poor Denny's. The South Carolina-based company, with 1,600 "always-open" family restaurants, has been blindsided. After years of serving cheap, decent meals to working Americans, it is under a politico-racial attack. The aggressors are the usual suspects: the central government, the national media, civil rights leaders, and a lawyer, Guy Saperstein, from Oakland, California.

A New Age nephew of Harlem Globetrotters founder Abe Saperstein, Guy consults a psychic on his former lives as a woman, according to the Wall Street Journal, which otherwise likes him. How thrilling, in the eyes of the journal, that Saperstein is a legal legend (which tells us all we need to know about the American Bar). He's become rich and famous by draining millions from middle-class, mostly Southern and Midwestern businesses through civil rights lawsuits.

Saperstein claimed Denny's was racist in a class-action suit earlier this year, and the search for plaintiffs began. Accompanying it was an anti-Denny's press campaign, stoked by our media masters because Denny's is Southern and a little old-fashioned and features charming if cranky waitresses, mostly white, who call you "honey."

The first publicity stunt involved a table of uniformed Secret Service police. They claimed they'd gotten slow service at a Denny's in Annapolis, Maryland, because they were black. When they complained loudly,...

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