POSTED: 8:41 a.m. EDT September 18, 2003
OAKLEY, Calif. -- Lisa McClelland says she isn't a racist. She says her campaign for a Caucasian Club at her California high school is a move toward diversity, not bigotry.
She says everyone is invited -- and nobody will be excluded.
McClelland's ethnic background includes American Indian, Hispanic, Dutch, German, Italian and Irish. She says she and her friends feel slighted by other clubs at Freedom High School in Oakley, such as the Black Student Union and the Asian Club.
McClelland says she's collected 245 signatures of support from students, adults and others since announcing her plans three weeks ago.
One person who won't be signing up is Darnell Turner, first vice president of the local chapter of the NAACP. Turner says he thinks the club will create racial tension.
Should a California high school student be allowed to start a Caucasian Club?