If you have read this blog within the last month, you know about the controversy over the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP) law firm consortium designed to recruit and retain minority attorneys. In the name of diversity, the group co-sponsored a "Cajun Shrimp Boil" whose invitation was apparently designed to limit attendees to minorities.
On the one hand, it is reported that whites did attend the event. This was used to disprove the complaints by others (initially, I merely linked to the invitation) that the event was racially exclusive. However, this was contradicted by those who defended the right to hold an exclusive event so that minorities could feel free to speak their minds. I explained the apparent inconsistency by saying that some "crashers" probably did not read the invitation very closely. Who goes to a bar association event and wonders which color of people are welcome?
I received the following comment from Mahan:
So, all the foofawraw about this event, all the sound and fury, then, really did signify nothing!
Amazing. Simply amazing. I wonder if the attendees felt stifled by the presence of the crashers?
Me: I respectfully disagree. Someone made the invitation racially exclusive, probably on purpose. This was not a very public decision (at least someone has some shame), which explains the fact that they can't keep their story straight. Not everyone was in on the decision. Some defend the right to have racially exclusive events, others claim that they intended no such thing.
Because they were not vocal about the restricted nature of the invitation, enforcement was lax. But that does not change the fact that someone apparently tried to make it "whites not allowed."