Recently I was asked to take an online survey for the university pertaining to race and racism that I’ve experienced. At the end of the survey they asked me if there were other experiences/comments that were not included in the survey. I replied:
I’ve grown up in ——- and have lived in this…
This is interesting because usually Caucasians are the ones blamed for (and truly responsible for) racism. What I’ve experienced first hand towards me is what some people call “reverse racism” where someone is trying so hard not to be racist to minority races that they are actually being racist against Caucasians. For example, I’ve seen this a lot with college and universities. They will offer full rides to people who are not Caucasian 100% strictly because they aren’t Caucasian. It’s called a “diversity scholarship” or something along those lines. The other thing regarding racism that I’ve experienced personally is when people “play the race card.” And I don’t know if this is going to make me sound bad but I just can’t stand it. If someone wants to be treated equally then they should treat themselves equally. My example here is that in high school there was a boy that I was friends with who was Black and he asked me out. I declined because I didn’t think of him in that way. Later that day a group of his friends came up to me and were like, “You said no because he’s Black didn’t you.” Ummmm no. I’m allowed to say I’m not romantically attracted to someone regardless of their race. God knows I’ve turned down plenty of guys of my own race haha.
I definitely agree that racism is not dead. However I do think that the younger generations are much more accepting than the older ones. This isn’t just for race but also for religion, sexual orientation, etc. Unfortunately, though, these things will never completely go away. There are always going to the be the extremists.
I’m glad I’m not the only one bothered by the college thing. Like yes, poc have a harder time in school and getting accepted into college is more difficult. A grant here or there to help with money I’d understand but this indian kid graduated from my high school last year with a 2.4 gpa , got a free ride to ANY COLLEGE HE WANTED because he was a poc who moved here from india with his family a couple years ago and chose one of the fancy expensive colleges (Yale, I think) and dropped out about a month ago. Money wasted on a person who didn’t deserve it. It really bothers me that its becoming so much harder for people (all races, not just white) to get into college but the fact that full scholarships are being handed willy nilly just because someone’s skin is a different shade really upsets me when there are plenty of other kids who have worked hard to earn it. Some of whom might be completely over looked because they are white, despite the fact that NO ONE can actually afford college anymore.
I agree that if someone got a 2.4GPA and was accepted into any college + free ride due to their ethnicity or status as a poc (person of color), then this is absolutely unacceptable. The aspect I would disagree on is the idea that people should be accepted into college (plus scholarships) solely on merit/academics/good grades. I used to believe this but admittedly everyone comes into the world with a different hand of cards. Depending on what you do with your cards, how far you take the opportunities within your grasp is what matters. Compare a girl with parents who are well-off, a family who lives in a positive, education-centered community, goes to a private school, gets a 3.8 GPA, 35 on her ACT, and is active in her local community service club. Now look at another girl who lives with her single mum in Detroit, where education is not valued, she takes care of her younger siblings while holding down two jobs to help her family, while getting a 29 on her ACT and a 3.5 GPA.
In this case, who would you accept to go to the ivy league university? Probably the girl from Detroit. Look at the cards she was handed and look how far she took them. Now imagine giving her a better set of cards that levels everyone on the playing field. Now see what she does with them. This is where things get a bit intricate. You can look at merit and pure numbers. A 3.8 compared to a 3.5, a 35 compared to a 29. But the first girl was handed everything, the other had to really fight for it and reach further than the other students in her area whose averages are well below a 3.0.
This is why I believe affirmative action has a correct place in universities. But rather than focusing on one’s ethnicity, we should look at one’s socioeconomic status.
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