Jeff Davis Hispanic Alumni Association?

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 12:35 pm by Diamond Jim

racism_hands.jpg 

I attended Jeff Davis as all of you know.  I am a 30+ year member of Rotary, the largest service organization in the world!   The stated purpose of Rotary International is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference.  The ideals of Rotary certainly transcend ANY attempt to separate or segregate any group of people, simply for the purpose of separation.  The North Shore Rotary Club raises over $425,000 at its yearly fundraiser.  We have given millions to the community for ambulances, Little League fields, parks, scholarships, etc.  There are no racial overtones.  There are no racial subtleties.  There is no racial bias.  Understand… our work is without color or race.  There IS no black rotary, hispanic rotary, etc.  There is only ROTARY!  This is the USA, folks… you know… the UNITED States of America!!!

Now try to bear with me for just a minute so I might preface some remarks I’d like to make.  And I am making these remarks, not to upset anyone, but to make them think of the negative connotation and disservice a name such as “Jeff Davis Hispanic Alumni Association” represents to everyone, and especially to the whole of the Jeff Davis Alumni who are not of Hispanic descent!!!  I own the largest independent jewelry store in east Harris County, with over 27,000 active customers.  A HUGE percentage of my customers are Hispanic.  My grandchildren’s surname is Lozano.  My ethnicity is German, Dutch, Welsh, English, Scotch, Irish… and probably others I am missing.  My grandchildren are all of the above… plus some Mexican (which means some Irish, some Spanish, some Aztec… and we’re not really sure what else).  I really don’t know what ethnic group you would paint me or my grandchildren into, but I know it would have to be a very broad brush for such a large canvas.  So…

With that having been said…

As a 21st century American, I wish to propose a question for you to answer.  Would the name “Jeff Davis Non-Hispanic Alumni Association” or “Jeff Davis European-Descent Alumni Association” be seen as being as wrongheaded, racist, exclusionary, and bigoted… as much as it would seem that the “Jeff Davis Hispanic Alumni Association” appears to be so?  Keep in mind, I’m not saying it IS exclusionary and bigoted… just that with a name such as this it certainly appears to be so.  Otherwise, why does it exist with that name, what is the significance of it, and what is the purpose other than to divide, exclude, and separate folks from one another?  And how would some of YOU feel if you received an email from the “Jeff Davis Anglo Alumni Association”?  Would it not seem exclusionary and discriminatory to YOU?  I remember not long ago that a Houston Policeman was on the news stating that he was tired of the exclusionary and divisive double-talk when it comes to discrimination and exclusion by race in the HPD ranks.  He was sick of the divisionary actions and appearance of separate HPD unions… and proposed a White Policeman’s Union…simply to counter the ridiculous and offensive discrimination.  A member of the Hispanic Policeman’s Union was questioned about the officer’s complaint, as was a member of the Black Policeman’s Union.  Both stated that, in fact, although they did not like the idea… they begrudgingly accepted his “right” because it was “fair”.  Of course they did not like it… and neither would any of us…and neither was it FAIR.  But that did not stop them from continuing with exactly what they so despised…discrimination and racism.  It is not only unfair, but totally impractical in a world of folks who are increasingly bi-racial and multi-racial.  To which group of officers would a Hispanic/Black descent police officer join… or possibly even be allowed to join?  The answer is that there should be NO separate or exclusionary basis for dividing HPD policemen, at least upon racial lines.  They should have their union… and it should represent them as one, not as splintered groups of policemen, each group tending to its “special interests”… BASED ON RACE… WHICH IS EXCLUSIONARY AND DISCRIMINATORY AT ITS VERY BASE!  And for the same reasons there should be ONLY a “Jeff Davis Alumni”… period!!!

Having said that, it seems to me that the more of us who succumb to worshipping at the altar of “ethnic diversity”…and continue to espouse the irrational and false benefits derived… the more each of us becomes MORE of a separatist in some way…and becomes MORE prone to fall prey to the nonsense of those who do, in fact, continue to discriminate.  And THIS is the problem with “political correctness”…AND “cultural diversity”.  This thought process has driven many good people to act in irrational and illogical ways… totally overlooking the circular and predictable end results… more license… more exclusion… more discrimination… more license.. and on and on...

I don’t know…I’m just a Jeff Davis grad.  I don’t like discrimination, I don’t like exclusionary practices, and I don’t like folks who condone them.  So this is simply a thought to ponder while OUR government (YOUR and MY government) and its minions in the bureaucracies (meaning the government of ALL OF US), and ALL of those individuals brainwashed by these self-serving entities, try to figure out how to further separate us from one another.  Just exactly how could a group that wanted to build bridges in the community… build camaraderie… build relationships… call itself the “Jeff Davis Hispanic Alumni Association”… especially in this day and time???  Again, I certainly don’t get it.  It is offensive and wrongheaded… and simply carries the wrong connotation.  I suppose this is truly what is meant by “divide and conquer”, huh?  Why don’t you think about changing the name to the “Jeff Davis Alumni Association” so everyone can be included… and feel included?  



LOADING...