private clubs and discrimination

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As a matter of public policy I think that private clubs should be able to be selective and pick and choose who they want to be a member of their club. Morally I am opposed to this type of discrimination, and think that it is petty and near-sighted to not permit someone to join based on things like race, ethnic origin, or gender; however, I can see the club’s point of view. The club wants to keep its members happy, and many club members only want to see a certain type of person in their club. If this is the case, then it is sort of like an extension of the member’s living room, and this is used as justification for discrimination. It is important that the club be categorized as private, because excluding people from public enterprises is certainly strictly not allowed. There are six criteria that a club must meet to be
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Unformatted text preview: considered private. They must be sufficiently selective, new members must be sought discreetly, there must be clearly designated membership criteria, the facilities must be available for use by nonmembers to an extent, and the primary purpose must be social rather than business. These criteria are put in place to ensure that the club is truly private, because allowing public establishments to discriminate is a slippery slope that could be grossly abused by some. I do believe that people have the right to do what they want in their own living room, and socialize with only those that they choose. Therefore I see the policy in place now of strictly allowing private clubs to discriminate, and holding them to the six criteria in order to do so, as a good compromise....
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course HTM 250 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at UMass (Amherst).

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