Can social organizations omit members based on race?
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As appalling as it is that people at a University in a developed country were talking about lynching people, I think fundamentally they did have a right to express their idiotic beliefs in the form of who they accepted.
I'm not critisizing OU's decision; they are a mostly private organization and can disband clubs at their discretion.
My resolution is that private clubs or organizations may exclude members based on skin color or ethnic origins.
First round should be for acceptance only. There is a tight character limit, so you need to be into the brevity thing.
I believe that a social group's rights are nothing more than an extension of the individuals' freedoms of expression. As an individual, I can choose who my friends are. If I don't want to be friends with a black person, I should have the freedom to make that choice. If my friend and I don't want to associate with someone, we're free not to. A fraternity, church, etc. are nothing more than a collection of people. Ergo, they are free to exercise that choice.
Furthermore, there was a time when mixed race clubs were stigmatized. It was this very freedom that allowed the seeds of equality to grow and abate the rampant racism held for centuries.
Lastly, there is no need for such restrictions; any overtly racist people or organizations pay a heavy price in scorn and admonishment from their less backward peers.
Imagine that a fraternity of mostly white males wouldn't let a black male in just because of his race. I don't see how this wouldn't be considered racism. The definition of racism is "racial prejudice or discrimination" which is exactly what's happening here. They aren't letting him in purely because of his skin color. Furthermore, people can't control their race, so I don't think they should be omitted because of something they were born with. It's like telling a guy he can't join your group because his eyes are blue.
Forcing clubs to integrate would probably help reduce the racism; extreme homogeneity in groups has some very bad effects. But rights must endure all situations to be rights; otherwise they are privileges. No matter how despicable one"s opinion seems the right to have it must be protected.
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