Three Circuit Judges have struck down Alabama's statewide minimum wage law—which knocked out mostly-black Birmingham's three-dollars-higher city-wide minimum wage law—because it's racist.[PDF]
The dispassionate legal scholar might raise an eyebrow, thinking gosh, states certainly have the power to set minimum wages. And what they do trumps local minimum wage laws, firstly because states are sovereign and secondly because a patchwork of minimum wage laws across the state creates a messy business environment.
But you'd be wrong. According to the 11th Circuit, you'd be wrong because:
Do those sound like legal arguments? Read the opinion to discover that they are.
I don't like it. The court is attacking the very whiteness of the legislators as support for why a bill is racist. Someone should note: that itself is racist.
I don't like that Alabama can't pass a simple minimum wage law without getting thwacked over George Wallace. By dragging him out, the NAACP could use the federal courts to knock out pretty much anything they don't like.
Criminal laws disproportionately impact blacks? Well, the legislators were white!
Debt collection not liked by blacks? Well, George Wallace!
And so on.
It's time for something new. Split Alabama into two sovereign states and let Black Alabama enjoy its $50 minimum wage.