Golf Nazis and the Secret History of Country Club Discrimination
Print Friendly and PDF

For years I’ve been threatening to write a big article on the true history of country club discrimination in the first half of the 20th Century, and now I’ve finally done it in Taki’s Magazine:

For most of history, being a hereditary aristocrat was a good job. The only catch was the old concept of noblesse oblige, which suggested that people of wealth, power, and influence were honor bound to defend the general public.

Today, however, it’s more prestigious to be a victim of the majority. That seems to release you from any nagging worries about aristocratic responsibility.

Being an actual victim, though, is still no fun. So the best thing is to be recognized as a member of a hereditary victimocracy. …

One of the most popular varietals is to claim to be related to somebody who couldn’t get into an exclusive golf club (and thus had to found his own country club). …

It turns out that most of what we think we know is a retconning of American social history.

Contrary to mythos, as far as I can tell:

First, as early as 1925, a higher percentage of Jews than gentiles may have belonged to country clubs.

Second, Jewish country clubs were, on average, more luxurious and expensive than gentile clubs.

Third, a 1962 study by the Anti-Defamation League found that Jewish country clubs were more discriminatory than Christian clubs.

Fourth, historically, Jewish applicants were mostly blackballed for ethnic reasons by Jewish country clubs.

Read the whole thing there.


Print Friendly and PDF