(Chris Moran, Houston Politics, ChronBlog, 04/13/2010)
Harris County sheriff's deputies can join the Mexican American Sheriff's Organization or the Afro-American Sheriff's Deputy League. Now comes the Caucasian Law Enforcement Association, founded two months ago by a deputy who works in the Mission Bend community.Expect there to be much wailing and gnashing of teeth, accusations of racism (or worse) particularly from Caucasian bloggers and editorialists of a certain political stripe.
Lost behind all of that screaming is this: With their imminent status as a minority on the horizon, would Caucasian groups qualify for minority-group status in Harris County?
Your "yes/no" answer on that question probably has more to do with your politics and attitude toward "white guilt" over any practical considerations*. Unfortunately, for white man, your historical pro-ethnic groups have been, how do you say? Less than equitable in their treatment of other races. Of course, there are people out there who (unbelievably) would say that a majority of klanners were just a "misunderstood lot" who didn't know about all of the nasty things like lynchings and cross burnings in people's yard for intimidation. Nope, most of them just really thought the uniforms were nifty. Uh-huh, and the gas chamber operator at Auschwitz was really just addicted to pushing buttons. The problem with these race-based groups is that they typically tend to be all about "one race".
Which is where my problem lies with all of them. When you have a group pressing for legislation that's to the benefit of one race, it typically comes at a detriment to another. Run along with this long enough and eventually you have a system where the haves are the have nots and the have nots are trying to find the next group of haves to take from before they have to pawn off the flat screen in their 3rd bathroom in order to make the minimum payment on the credit card they use to eat out at a 'nice restaurant' every weekend.
What would really be nice is to have a system of laws based on intelligence and common sense rather than political expediency. Then this group would be allowed to set itself up and operate for a while. Given the increased media exposure on them a public dialogue would take place where we all gathered around the proverbial campfire and realized that all of these ethnic/race based groups are about as useful as Bill Clinton chastity pledge.
Sure, they'll be well intentioned, but they're never going to accomplish much. Outside of bad blog humor that is. (Case in point.)
*Sadly, when it comes to race in America, many people choose to substitute reality with their own set of facts that back up their chosen world-view.