Re: Supreme Court Ruling
Jim McCullars (JIM@UAHIS1.UAH.EDU)
Thu, 9 Dec 1993 11:37:00 CST
-->The BSA is FULL of examples from it's earlier days whereby there were
-->a separate District for "negroes and others". Just go down to your
I should have known when I laid that particular gauntlet that I would
have heard from you. As usual, your message is most interesting and
informative. One of these days I am going to make a pilgrimage to Bowling
Green and visit your library.
Having said that, and having to backtrack somewhat from my earlier
assertion, I think that some parts of your message reinforce the point I
was trying to make. For example:
-->...." During Scouting's formative years, segregation of blacks --and
-->to a lesser extent, of other minorities -- was law in the South and
-->custom in many other sections of the nation. The BSA never drew a
-->color line, but the movement stayed in step with prevailing mores.
So BSA did not deny Scouting to black children, they just tried to
adhere to laws that existed in some states at the time.
-->"Scouting's willingness to accept boys of all races and creeds -- if
-->only in segregated units -- enraged white supermacists like the KKK.
I think this is a most telling quote.
-->were made officially by the (Council) Executive Board that when the
-->first Black boy appears in uniform we will take all of our Boy Scout
-->handbooks down to the city square and burn them." In some areas,
This is what I meant by renegade councils.
-->That's more than enough to give you some idea, Rick and Jim.
No doubt about it, and I would have expected no less from you. Your
piece is most definitely an eye-opener, and I truly appreciate it. I still
maintain, however, that equating the current situation with the racial
discrimination of the past is both disingenuous and obfuscatory. One
involves denying membership based upon skin color, and the other involves
denying membership to those who refuse to sign the application. To me,
it's a pretty big difference.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City