posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 03:51 PM
Yes, it is true that everyone ought to be treated the same. But in reality--especially in the workplace and in education--they are not. The rich are
treated better because of how much money they can give. And there are still some companies that won't hire people of color because they think they
are "lazy" and "not industrious". Or by your interpretation, "a disabled political group".
Education is the same way. There are professors (especially one at the UT Law school who made a comment a years ago that "minorities are 'lesser
than' the 'average student') who still think that people of color do not deserve to be there--even when they have made the grades and passed all
the classes. They are extremely tough on their students of color regardless of academic performance. That happens all the time. But white students,
in the professor's view, deserve to be there while the "minority students" take up space. With that prejudice, do you think that is fair? Do you
think the professor ought to stay in his or her job due to his/her racial animus against students of color because of the biased assumption they are
part of a "disabled political group"?
While we're on the prejudices that some professors have against "disabled" political groups, let's put your theory out on the table:
What if, there were people of color who made better grades than you, got more awards than you and of course, had more qualifications than you who got
accepted to college mainly on their merits. While there, they became part of Phi Beta Kappa and other honor societies and in the end graduated Magna
Cum Laude in thier discipline. And they made it taking honors classes even though the professors were prejudiced enough to think that "minorities
weren't as qualified as other deserving students". How would you feel then? That they shouldn't still deserve the funding they needed to stay in
If you made average grades and probably got more consideration from the professors and the administration because of you were white, would you still
say things weren't fair and complain about "affirmative action", even though you got more help, more resources and of course more support in
academia to get your degree? Do you still think that white students would deserve funding even though they didn't have a fraction of the
qualifications that other deserving students have earned in their coursework?
Despite this help, would you still be running to the ombudsman's office crying out that "affirmative action" should be eliminated even though you
didn't have these sterling qualifications to be a top student but got even more aid and support from the staff, faculty and adminstration to help you
get through school as a white student opposed to a student of color?
Better yet, have you ever heard of institutional racism? Why do you think there is a disproportionate number of students of color on college campuses
across the country?
[edit on 20-7-2006 by ceci2006]