Freedom Of Association. Heard Of It?

"It`s hard to imagine that the practice of
segregation still exists in the United States,"


Jeffrey Scott Shapiro,
a University of Florida law
student in a column in the Los Angeles Times last
week, "but it does."

What`s really hard to imagine is that any person old
enough and bright enough to go to law school could write
such a sentence. [May 14, 2003,

Separate Proms — and Racism — Linger in Parts of the
, Los Angeles Times,

Florida version
, no registration req`d]

The reason for Mr. Shapiro`s lack of imagination was
the announcement by white students at a high school in

Wrightsville, Ga.
, that they would hold a spring
prom restricted to whites only.

Their school held another, official prom that
students of all races could attend, but the whites
wanted their own prom.

For that reason, for the last couple of weeks, the
high schoolers have had to endure the sneers, insults,
denunciations and ridicule of people like Mr. Shapiro,
who know exactly what the students in Georgia should do
and how they should do it.

One such denouncer is pundit Bill O`Reilly, who
screamed about the wickedness and backwardness of the
white students for days. In a recent

, [Prom
Night – All White,
May 08, 2003] Mr. O`Reilly
pontificates about how helpless he, you, the federal
government, the courts and presumably the

United Nations
all are in preventing the prom or
punishing the students.

"You can`t sue because
the event is being held off-campus. It`s a private
party, and no person of color is welcome. Yet the party
is being held under the banner of Taylor High`s junior
prom. Yes, there is an alternative prom where everyone
is welcome, but still a number of your classmates do not
want to celebrate with you."

It`s terrific that Mr. O`Reilly recognizes that there
are limits to the power of the state to interfere with
private social events, and so does Mr. Shapiro, who
sadly acknowledges, "Authorities are powerless to
with the white prom.

Yet it apparently has never occurred to either of
them that the white students, like all other Americans,
have a right to freedom of association and that there is
absolutely nothing anyone or anything can or should do
to interfere with what is basically merely a private

What is wrong with whites holding a whites-only prom?
As a reader of Mr. O`Reilly`s column in the
Washington Times

in response to it,

"As a young adult not too
far removed from an

Prince George`s County

high school,
I can tell you that there were a number
of clubs to which whites need not have applied. Mr.
O`Reilly should know that it is considered normal, even
encouraged, for blacks and other minorities to form
groups in clubs just for themselves. Even at school
sporting events, blacks would congregate on one side of
the gym, whites on the other. At lunch, blacks would sit
with other blacks, whites with other whites.
Heterosexual whites constituted the only group that did
not have an organization of its own."

The point, which neither Mr. O`Reilly nor Mr. Shapiro
seems capable of grasping, is that "segregation," if
that`s the right term for the

voluntary association
of people of the same race, is
commonplace, and nowhere more so than among blacks. 

There are

black student unions
, black dormitories, black
student associations, and black professional groups, not
to mention

black caucuses
and wealthy, powerful national
organizations like the

National Association for the Advancement of Colored
explicitly devoted to the advancement of the
political power of blacks.

This week the Washington Post carried a

front page story
[Diversity Or Division, by
Michael A. Fletcher, May 19, 2003] about how blacks and
other racial minorities are holding

racially separate graduation ceremonies
and events
at the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, Michigan,
Michigan State, Stanford, and other prestigious schools,
all with the approval if not the sponsorship of the
colleges` administrations.

I await with bated breath Mr. O`Reilly`s and Mr.
Shapiro`s fulminations about such "segregation."

I expect I will suffocate first.

Why can`t whites have their own private dance without
being damned and denounced by self-righteous prigs like
Mr. Shapiro and Mr. O`Reilly? 

Quite simply because white racial identity and white
racial consciousness are today verboten, virtually
illegal under public law and certainly a taboo enforced

self-appointed watchdogs
like our two valiant
apostles of color-blindness, while non-white racial
identity and consciousness are not only legitimate but
encouraged and actually promoted by the government and
dominant culture.

In fact, there is nothing wrong with either racial
group holding its own parties, proms, ceremonies, and
social events, and the commonplaceness of non-whites
doing so means that there is no legitimate reason why
whites cannot and should not do so as well.

The great truth of our era is that race has been

, as both a

and a social reality.

Those like Mr. Shapiro and Mr. O`Reilly who haven`t
heard about it need to catch up with the times.



[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available

Americans For Immigration Control