A recognition that people are more comfortable and happy when they are with people of the same race is to recognize the folly of the entire “civil rights” enterprise. “Integration,” as it has been practised in the United States involves, for the most part, forcing whites to accept the presence of people whose company they do not desire. If Prof. Swain accepts that private actors—and this includes private employers and business owners, as well as residential associations—have the right to discriminate on the basis of race, then we must repeal the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Prof. Swain must not wriggle off the hook by saying she said only “living space” may be legitimately segregated. The same principles apply to “working space,” “playing space,” “shopping space,” “the space we see on TV,” and in fact to any space at all. I am saying our society should recognize the tribal nature of man rather than pretend we can rise above it.
This is why immigration is so important. Our color-blind immigration policy is based on the assumption that race is an illegitimate criterion for defining “living space” or any other space. But if race is a legitimate criterion, why should whites (or blacks) welcome the arrival of Asians and Hispanics, who are alien to us both? In any case, our polychrome but overwhelmingly non-white immigration stream is only creating infinite varieties of racial conflict to overlie and complicate the original black/white divide. Racial diversity is a terrible source of conflict and tension; it is not a strength.