Rand Paul argues that the constitutional principle of freedom of association allows private individuals and businesses to decide with whom they will associate, and that it is not the business of government to tell them with whom they must fraternize. That’s not racism. Protecting the right of association is what allows churches to restrict membership to believers, the Boy Scouts to hire only heterosexual Scoutmasters, atheist clubs to exclude Bible thumpers, and homosexual student clubs on college campuses to be comprised of, well, homosexual students.
(Speaking of homosexual discrimination, a current court case involves a softball tournament for homosexuals which took a trophy away from a team when it was revealed they allowed suspected heterosexuals to serve as teammates. So apparently gays believe they have the right to discriminate on the basis of sexual preference, but no one else can, especially if the someone else is the United States military.)
The problem with Rand Paul’s critics is that they actually agree with him, but don’t realize it. In their mindless pursuit of dreary, government imposed mediocrity and sameness, they have failed to see that they in fact are full-fledged racists, racists of a deeper dye than anything of which they accuse Mr. Paul.
Statists have no problem using the power of the government to force both public and private groups or individuals to exclude people from their circles who happen to be of the wrong race, and to force them to associate only with people of the right skin color. No choice is permitted. We, the statists say, will tell you the people, based on race, with whom you are and are not allowed to associate.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that, at least for the next 25 years, both private and public institutions of higher learning may happily exclude qualified whites from their premises if they want to.
I checked Stanford’s enrollment figures several years ago. At that time, America was 74% white, but the student body at The Farm, my alma mater, was just 53% white. In other words, whites were being systematically excluded from a Stanford education and from full association with other students based simply on their race. And Stanford was shameless about this racial bigotry, and was in fact quite proud of its policy of racial exclusion.
Statists have no problem excluding whites, especially if their performance on objective tests would otherwise give them some advantage based purely on merit. This is the basis of the whole “disparate impact” theory, which in a wholly shameful and un-American way punishes achievement and grants preferences based on race.
The latest development in this sad saga is reported in today’s Washington Post, which reports that the Supreme Court has allowed blacks who were outperformed by whites on objective fire department tests to pursue the use of government power to exclude these whites from being able to associate with the Chicago fire department. The problem here is with the law, not the Supreme Court. It is Congress which has ordered public agencies to racially discriminate in their hiring practices, and the Supreme Court said yesterday that if people have a problem with that, they need to take it up with Congress since the Court is simply applying the law Congress gave them.
Said Antonin Scalia, “It is not our task to assess the consequences of each approach and adopt the one that produces the least mischief. Our charge is to give effect to the law Congress enacted.”
The test, which awarded jobs to those who scored 89 or above, resulted in too many whites getting jobs for the taste of the racists in the crowd. And so they want the court to order Chicago to refuse permission to highly qualified whites to enter firehouses as employees. They don’t even get to sit in the back of the fire trucks.
And so pursuing a policy that is actually racist, unlike than anything Rand Paul has ever believed or supported, high-minded grievance-mongers who cannot see beyond the color of someone’s skin are ramping up another crusade to systematically exclude people from associating with them based purely on the color of their skin.
Rand Paul believes that private parties should be able to exercise their right to freedom of association, but government agencies should be prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race. It is the race-obsessed crusaders, the reverse KKK, who don’t. They want government agencies to discriminate on the basis of race, regardless of the impact on public safety, and forbid highly qualified whites from associating with minorities. They want to punish and exclude people from careers based solely on their race. This is shameful, systematic, government-imposed segregation and nothing more than institutionalized racism. Shame on them. Shame on them.
If they think Mr. Paul’s outlook is reprehensible, they have condemned themselves in spades. If they want to see the real racists of the piece, they need but look in the mirror.
Justices say employers may not use discriminatory testing practices – The Washington Post
The Moral Liberal contributing editor, Bryan Fischer, is Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, and is the host of the daily ‘Focal Point’ radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. ‘Focal Point’ airs live from 1-3 pm Central Time, and is also simulcast on the AFA Channel, which can be seen on the Sky Angel network.