Thursday, March 23, 2006

Something Seems Backwards Here

The Airport
-Better scrutinize grandma, she might have a bomb in her walker. You know her radical view on pureed foods in nursing homes.
-Go ahead young Middle-Eastern males,so what if only people in your demographic participated in 9/11. The Great Satan wouldn't want to hurt you feelings with extra screening!

-Cracker want a scholarship? Sorry, you're white and therefore must have money. You don't need it.
-Racial Minority? You'll contribute to our diversity! It doesn't matter that you are of a liberal ideology just like everyone else on campus. Nevermind that true diversity arises from people with different ideas, not different skin colors. Furthermore, you are probably poor. Here's a list of scholarships that only people of your skin color can apply for. Pay no attention to the broke whitey over there. Maybe we should look at income to determine financial need. Nah! Skin color is way more indicative of financial need.


At 7:28 PM, Blogger Robola said...

Are you that unaware of American history? African Americans have been oppressed in our past and racism is still alive in our country. Having scholarships specifically for the community is not racist.

Furthermore, financial aid is based on income, so I don't understand why you're whining about broke white kids not getting into college. Anyone who applies for student loans is looked at in terms of their financial ability to pay, not their race. Scholarships/grants are awarded independently of this.

At 7:57 PM, Blogger Scott Mehring said...

" Having scholarships specifically for the community is not racist. "

Actually, anything the divides one from another on the basis of race alone is racist by definition.

Furthermore, I'm well aware of American history. I've studied the ethics of "affirmative action." Giving preference based on skin color is a poor policy, whether it be for admissions, scholorships, tutor programs or whatever.

Imagine this: little Johnny grew up in the same bad nieghborhood as little Jimmy, worked harder than Jimmy, and Jimmy still got accepted to college over Johnny because he was a minority.

That's racism. You cannot defeat racism with racism.

I prefer an egalitarian view deciding, case by case, the need and merit of applicants. If a racism has played a direct roll, I see no need to exclude it from consideration, but there should be no exclusion of idividuals that do not fit a certain skin tone.

The FAFSA does indeed take into account financial need only. However, the University of Wisconsin DOES give out race-based scholorships and have taken a stance that is opposite of many schools who are currently opening up scholorships to all applicants.

I suggest you read an article called "Racism and Reparations" by John Arthur and also, "Affirmative Racism" by Charles Murray.

The latter article is 18 years old and I know for a fact things have gotten better since then. That, I feel, makes it even more valid today.

At 9:50 PM, Blogger Robola said...

By your definition of racism, BET would be considered racist because it seeks to divide based on race. Your definition is not tenable if you think about it.

Also, there's a distinct difference between using race as a preferred method of selection and allowing it to be one of several criteria in determining admissions. No one is admitted to college on their race alone and to blame your own inability to get into a school on your own perception that minorities are undeserving is simply backwards.

The fact that your referencing one of the authors of "The Bell Curve" doesn't support your argument. Racist theories buttressed on half-assed pseudo-science is not credible, as The Bell Curve has been proved to be.

I agree that people should be judged on their achievements, but having scholarships for minorities, business students or any other distinct group is not racist.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Joey said...

Doing anything on the basis of race is by definition racist. Scott's right on this.

There are two dictionary definitions of the word "racist." One is to believe that there are differences in people solely because of their race. The other definition is "Discrimination or prejudice based on race."

To discriminate is "To make a clear distinction; distinguish: discriminate among the options available." Or, if you prefer the second definition, "To make distinctions on the basis of class or category without regard to individual merit."

That's exactly what you're doing through affirmative action. You're making a distinction on the basis of category, with absolutely no regard to individual merit.

You can argue the validity of this system all you want, but you can't try to argue that it's not racism. It's racist by definition. Whether or not that form of racism is right, you be the judge.

As for me, I think it's wrong.

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