It is like telling blacks or Jews that they have every right to move into the neighborhood, but wouldn't they really be happier in some other neighborhood, not too far away, where the neighbors' sensistivities won't be offended? And--as Charles mentioned in both columns and obviously feels is important--the governor will even help you find one. That's how badly people don't want you around.
But remember what happens when we take steps to appease the oversensitive. Especially when those individuals are plainly wrong in substance and rhetoric. Even if you do abandon your plans to excercise your Constitutional and property rights to "keep peace" in the neighborhood, don't expect the same resale value on your home. Because if you do, there's nothing you can do about it on the back end.
There's a reason "seperate" was called out as "inherently unequal." In my America, we used to celebrate that decision as one of our civilization's greatest triumphs over the failings of the past. Those who argued against that decision were considered a fringe element that would come around in time. Now they've taken over the debate.
Those easily offended people who wish to convince us that we can politely resegregate will appreciate your gesture if you do what they say. They asked nicely, after all. Didn't they?
And once we surrender to their demands, and they have what they asked for, we will never have to feel threatened by them again. Will we?
This is about far more than the hallowed ground of a Burlington Coat Factory. This about far more than a zoning issue in lower Manhattan. I remain appalled at how many people I know and respect who have ended up on the absolute wrong side of this conversation.
Because make no mistake, there is a wrong side. There is no moral equivalency here. And the folks on that wrong side are going to keep hearing about how wrong they are every chance I get.
(HT's: The Daily Dish)