CAUCASIAN CLUB?

Via Drudge, comes this NBC 4 story:

Lisa McClelland says she isn’t a racist. She says her campaign for a Caucasian Club at her California high school is a move toward diversity, not bigotry.

She says everyone is invited — and nobody will be excluded.

McClelland’s ethnic background includes American Indian, Hispanic, Dutch, German, Italian and Irish. She says she and her friends feel slighted by other clubs at Freedom High School in Oakley, such as the Black Student Union and the Asian Club.

McClelland says she’s collected 245 signatures of support from students, adults and others since announcing her plans three weeks ago.

One person who won’t be signing up is Darnell Turner, first vice president of the local chapter of the NAACP. Turner says he thinks the club will create racial tension.

Hmm.

I don’t see any reason a club for whites is inherently more divisive than one for other racial/ethnic groups. Oakley is, however, overwhelmingly (64%)white, so I’m not sure what the point of celebrating “whiteness” would be, unless it’s to make a political point.

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Comments

  1. Kevin Drum says:

    “I don’t see any reason a club for whites is inherently more divisive than one for other racial/ethnic groups.”

    Are you serious? I know we’re all supposed to be opposed to identity politics and all that, but surely everyone understands the fundamental difference between a majority group banding together to fight for more privilege and a minority group doing the same?

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  2. James Joyner says:

    Well, I’m not sure that the Asians are actually fighting for more privilege. Maybe the blacks, although my guess is these are just social clubs. And, since these are high school kids, it’s unlikely even their parents remember the days of segregation.

  3. Jimbo says:

    “Are you serious? I know we’re all supposed to be opposed to identity politics and all that, but…”

    Translated to English means that if we don’t constantly remind every possible minority out there how “Whitey” is oppressing them, they may not vote the “Straight Democrat Party” ticket in the future.

  4. Well, at least “surely everyone” who’s read Federalist 10 would understand that. But judging from the level of discourse on both sides of the aisle these days, that set of “everyone” is very small.