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different people have different ways and ideas about a page, and these are my ideas. They may or may not be any good, but they're mine.

Q:

I notice in reading your biography that you're a member of the Metropolitan Club in Washington. And I wonder if you might discuss your feelings about that in the light of the current --

Oakes:

Sure, I'll discuss my feeling; I've been in one or two arguments on this subject. Without going into the background, I suppose one ought to state that this involves the question of the Metropolitan Club's segregationist policy and why don't I resign the way some other people have resigned when it developed that the Metropolitan Club is segregationist and won't accept any Negro members.

I think that there are so many, many ways in which the segregation question can be fought more properly and more effectively and more sensibly than through a club issue, which is after all a pretty private matter. This whole uproar leaves me pretty cold, even though I, of course, disapprove of the policy and happen to be in a position in another club where I can really do something a little bit to have my views have some effect. And, of course, I'm doing that in this respect. But I'm a non-resident member of the Metropolitan Club, although even if I were a resident member, I think I would take the same position. I just feel that there are so many things more important, that this is kind of a trivial issue that a lot of people are enjoying making a great deal of to-do about. To me, it's about the least important facet of the segregation issue in the United States.



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