When asked why he uses the word “Caucasian” in the group name, he said, “From a marketing standpoint, the sky's the limit. There are no other groups out there.”
In 1993, a small number of Houston Police Department employees formed the White Houston Officers Association. The group formed after 106 black and Hispanic officers received promotions as the result of a settlement of a discrimination lawsuit. The association is defunct.
[Daniel] McCool, who describes himself as a conservative Republican, split with the Harris County Deputies Organization over its endorsement in the 2008 sheriff's election. McCool volunteered for then-incumbent Tommy Thomas. The union backed Garcia, who won and became the county's first Hispanic sheriff.
It's hard to take this seriously or consider it more than a spiteful jab at black and Latino officer groups and McCool's foes at the main deputies' union. He can claim that membership is open to all, but the public perception will inevitably be that some Harris deputies want their own little "whites only" club. And let's face it: There's no good reason to put the anachronistic "Caucasian" in the group name except as a defiant provocation.
McCool would say that he's doing the same thing as black and Latino officers groups, but there are key, historic distinctions. And in any event, two wrongs don't make a right. The solution to racial division is not further splintering.
None of that will matter though because I can't imagine many deputies will want their name associated with an organization devoted to promoting white rights. I'd look for this to fizzle out after the initial headlines die down.
In the meantime, Deputy McCool, thanks for giving the state a black eye and making white Texans look like a bunch of racist jerks. Very helpful, that.