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ISSUE 117 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 10/3/2003

Caucasian club hinders racial healing

By Cassie Clark
Contributing Writer

Friday, October 3, 2003

For years, racial minorities have felt they suffer from academic, social and political disadvantages. In Oakley, Calif., however, the tables have been turned.

The so-called table turner, Lisa McClelland, a student at Freedom High School in Oakley, is campaigning to begin a Caucasian Club at her school. She says that it will promote diversity, and that everyone is invited to join or attend meetings.

When asked why she intends to begin such a club, she replied that she and her friends feel snubbed by other racial organizations at Freedom High, including the Asian Club and the Black Student Union.

Perhaps McClelland has a point. Our nation has carefully tried to diminish racism, creating an endless amount of racial minority groups to help those needing support.

But have those same groups that were once formed to benefit minorities started to wipe out “white” identity? In a nation with rapidly growing Asian and Hispanic populations, is there cause to believe some organizations are needed to maintain this sense of Caucasian identity?

Darnell Turner does not think so. The first vice president of the local chapter of the East County, Calif. NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Turner believes that forming a Caucasian Club will bring racial tension to the diverse community. And I must say, I completely agree with him.

Not that long ago, our country was predominantly controlled by the Caucasian culture. Feeling superior to those of a different color, whites spread racism throughout our nation. Through the heroic efforts of leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, as well as the little things that each person can do every day, our disturbed society has begun to see the error of its ways. By creating organizations such as Asian Clubs, Black Student Unions and the NAACP, concerned citizens are working to keep our country a fair and just place to live.

What logical reason is there to create a Caucasian Club? There is no prejudiced regime against Caucasians. Yes, there is a dramatically increasing diversity rate in our nation, especially in California. However, racism still dominates around the United States, particularly in the South.

For example, at a convention in Atlanta, Ga., this past summer, my friend and I became acquainted with three teens from a church in South Carolina. My friend and I had been talking to these boys for quite a while when one of them began talking about how a black man was walking on the sidewalk and did not step out of the way for the boy's sister. I remember him specifically saying, "You can imagine what I had to say to HIM." Having been fairly unexposed to direct racism, the actions of the 16-year-old boy shocked me. I felt compelled to leave his presence immediately.

It is apparent that white supremacy still thrives in our nation. Personally, I have never seen or heard of an incident of racism that was directed at a white person.

If McClelland and her friends feel excluded or singled out by racial minority groups, perhaps they are just overlooking the solution of uniting the races instead of dividing them.

There is no reason to create a club based on racial division when one could just as easily befriend a person whose appearance is different. Why not join a multiracial club if one finds himself so emphatic about bringing races together? If such a club does not exist, create one instead of singling out a racial group that needs no extra attention.

Our nation is finally becoming a whole rather than dividing into races. In my eyes, to force a Caucasian Club on a society that needs no further reason for hate is to keep it from finally healing from its racist past.

Contributing Writer Cassie Clark is a sophomore from Cannon Falls, Minn. She majors in English and religion.

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