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Strange things happen when normally-submerged instances of racial prejudice pop to the surface. A case in point is the recent unconscionable treatment given a Lacey librarian by the Moose lodge of that city. She had been invited to the lodge hall to accept a check for the purchase of a library book, then was later told she could not enter the hall because of a slight technicality - the Meese discovered that the lady is black. How any person - or group of persons - could defend this loutish behavior is beyond comprehension. The Lacey Moose spokesmen did not really attempt a defense; they issued a statement that said the incident was caused by a "misunderstanding," then covered their heads while the controversy raged around the state. Included in the millions of printed words concerning the ease, however, were thousands devoted to a defense of the exclusionary clause in the by-laws of the Moose and other organizations which allows such incidents to occur. A month of reading such arguments, followed by a supper which included fried onions and licorice ice cream on pecan pie, produced a dream in which we attended a press conference called by the Supreme Exquisite Hindquarters of the Concatenated Order of Yaks. The following highlights were retrievable the next morning. SUPREME EXQUISITE HINDQUARTERS: I have called this press conference to explain to you that the Yaks are not a racist organization and why we will defend to the death our right to be if we had the inclination. REPORTER: What is your definition of racism? S.E.H. - Racism means you hate niggers. R EPORTER - a closer definition might be discrimination based on race. Do you discriminate between the races in the Yaks? Concatenated Order of Yaks "How do we explain that we're not.prejudiced but just don't like people who are black, brown, yellow or red?" S.E.H. - We don't allow anyone in the lodge who isn't white, if that's what you are trying to insinuate. But we don't practice discrimination against people who aren't white. We award hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to youngsters regardless of whether they are black, brown, red, green or purple. REPORTER - I'd like to see you later about those green and purple kids who receive scholarships; that would make a great feature story. S.E.H. - Very funny, guy, but you can't downgrade the fact that we are helping many American children, regardless of race, creed or color, to gain an education that will improve their status in life. REPORTER - And along with the education comes a rise in social status? ulm By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS Trouble is brewing in the state Senate for the Parks and Recreation Commission. Sen. Lowell Peterson, chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources, has taken exception to the day-use fees established for 14 state parks court action charging discrimination. It probably never would come to trial. When a woman sued, challenging the law which denied her the right to sit at the bar in cocktail lounges, the Legislature didn't wait for a court decision. Instead, it immediately repealed S.E.H. - Of course. Tl .,at's one of the main benefits of andbeginninghe is within a positionthe 1972toSeasOn,make the discriminatOrYshort LivedPrvisin'Law our scholarship program. It s obvious that a doctor or lawyer trouble His committee handles all ,,., " - . Igms a higher social status than schO :graduate. We'v~ ~arKs' " :tegtsmuon ....... m me upper ......... lne 1971 act levying a special llteiped many youngsters become doctors wyers. . ~ :,r, , xee on all-terrain vemcles sucn as ~'