In raising the issue of the limited social interaction "on Saturdays and Sundays," that now exists between blacks and whites, Holder, the black man, was actually challenging all whites to open their homes to blacks who yearn for their company. Sure, thanks to affirmative action, we've managed to legally maneuver ourselves into your lives in the workplace, on a daily 9 to 5 basis, he seemed to be saying, but that is not enough. The only reason Holder wants that "dialogue on race," preferably on "Saturdays and Sundays," is to coerce social intimacy.
Holder admits that most Americans don't wish to be bothered chattering about "racial matters," and he regrets that we are "free to retreat to our race protected cocoons." If this is so, why can't this behavior be accepted as a dominant preference, and why shouldn't citizens live in whatever "cocoons" they choose?
Americans are still socializing, claims Holder, in the same manner as they did "some fifty years ago." And, he adds, "This is truly sad." Just why is this sad? Only because Holder's kind laments the fact that the country, in spite of a raft of unconstitutional laws designed to cater to "minorities," still falls short of a blatant form of government-mandated "inclusion." Apparently, if Obama's man has his way during his tenure at the Justice Department, he plans to fix this "problem."
In "The Subtle Art of Exclusion" (Takimag, 5/7/09), Robert Weissberg describes the steps many business establishments must take in order to attract and maintain the type of clientele they prefer to serve. "Freedom of association is preserved," he writes, "but only on the sly." He declares, "No matter how forcefully government tries to homogenize society ... people will resist."
Freedom of association, like private property, is a core American legal principle whose importance to liberty seemed so self-evident, so fundamental that the Founding Fathers apparently took it for granted. At best, the First Amendment alludes to it when it prohibits Congress from infringing on the right of free assembly. And, happily, for about 175 years, its bedrock status remained unchallenged. The 1964 Civil Rights Act that banned racial discrimination in public accommodations—hotels, movie theatres and restaurants—changed everything. This was soon followed by an avalanche of similar anti-discrimination laws and court decisions, and virtually no aspect of our existence—even choosing one’s neighbors—now escaped government meddling. ...
Worse, "freedom of association" had been publicly transformed into an alleged ruse to injure African Americans, women, homosexuals, the elderly, the childless and families with children, the odd appearing, the disabled, those of different faith and on and on. Government-mandated "inclusion" is now America’s passion, far out-shining freedom to choose one’s compatriots.
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