July 31, 2003
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From: Bowie High School Grad [email him]:
As a young, white male not too far removed from a Washington, D.C. area public high school, I can personally relate to Sam Francis`s lament on the double standards surrounding racially exclusive groups.
At my former alma mater, we had two such groups that showed the true hypocrisy of race relations in America: Young Brothers in Action and Young Enterprising Sisters. Both of these after-school "clubs" excluded whites from participation. In fact, the symbol of Young Brothers in Action included a muscular black man, clenched fist held high, protruding from the African continent.
When I pressed the administration as to why blacks were able to form racially exclusive clubs, I was told that it was necessary for blacks to "feel part of the campus community." I found this quite odd, being that at my high school blacks comprised upwards of 40 to 45 percent of the student body. When I explained this to my principal, he angrily told me that I would never succeed in life with this kind of racist attitude.
I was also told by the administration in so many words that it was OK for blacks to wear racially-aware memorabilia, while any white student who displayed the Confederate Flag was immediately reprimanded. Shirts celebrating Africa and Malcolm X were commonplace throughout the hallowed halls of Bowie High School. But any attempt by a white student to celebrate his or her heritage resulted in immediate backlash from the administration - as well as threats from black students.