I would submit that much if not all of the segregation that still exists in our schools is voluntary. I was in high school and I know it's only natural for jocks to congregate with other jocks to the exclusion of nerds and for nerds to eschew jocks in preference to companionship with their own kind. And it's only natural for blacks to associate with blacks and for whites to associate with whites. What is not natural – or rational – is to see racism in this natural selection process.
I'm not Catholic. But I don't begrudge Catholics the right to attend Mass on Sundays with other Catholics or to congregate at Knights of Columbus meetings. I'm not female. But I respect the right of females to enjoy coffee klatches and long telephone conversations and to have access to their own public rest room facilities. And I'm not black, but I respect the right of blacks to associate with their own kind – as I expect them to respect my right to do the same.
As to "racial" thought crimes, having an opinion is not a crime. If one practices his racism overtly and, like Eric holder, actually breaks the law because of his racism, he should be prosecuted and punished. Not for his racism, but for breaking the law. Racism is not a crime – breaking the law is!
Al Sharpton has a right to be a racist – so long as his racism does not infringe on my rights. And Michelle Obama has a right to be anti-white – so long as her anti-white ardor does not infringe on my right to be pro-white. And I have a right to be what you'd probably call a racist, so long as I don't infringe on your right to be a pompous bigot.
Ben Carson grew up in a single parent home in the slums of Detroit, but he decided to make something of what he had been given rather than whine about the fact he was black. Bill Cosby, Starr Parker, Thomas Sowell, Condoleezza Rice, and countless other less well known blacks have – like Woody Simmons, my black maintenance supervisor at the Belden plant in Dumas Arkansas – worked hard to do the best they could with what they had.
This is a republic, and in a republic everyone is responsible for their own success. We gave you your freedom 150 years ago in 1865. It's up to you to do something with it—or not. But if you choose not to, don't blame me!