Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
There are plenty of white folks that overcome long odds (like broken homes and poverty), but a minority is given all kinds of help and encouragement
for doing so while the white person gets little to nothing for it.
Actually, around 85% of people on welfare are what you call "white" and so I really fail to see how these people are not as helped like Black
Americans...where do you get this information from?
There are plenty of poor white people, there are plenty of white kids that are ignored and tossed aside in school. When a black kid overcomes
these odds, he's given all sorts of aid; when a white kid does, nobody cares because he's white.
Well, for better or worse, it's a
statistical game. Per capita, there are less so-called "White" people in poverty than Black or Hispanic, so, by that fact alone, even though the
shear number of "White" people in poverty is higher, the percentage of Black and "Hispanic" people is higher than "White".
By that rationale, it would make sense to help Black and "Hispanic" children succeed to increase the percentage of their groups who make out well.
However, this is stupid, I agree, because the person is all that should matter. This is still a form of institutionalized racism because you are
treating individuals based on the outcomes or successes of the group they are lumped in with.
If we've got to have a lower standard for the black kids that went to the same school as me, then that means they can't do as good as me, and
that means that they're inherently inferior to me.
Frankly, it's because I believe in equality that the lower standards thing ticks me off. It's not fair, or right, for me to have to work a lot
harder than them for the same results. And because people seem to think that it's okay for me to have to work harder simply because of my skin color,
I feel justified in asserting anti-white discrimination. Because, if we're being intellectually honest, that's exactly what such a thing is.
True. It could be that such programs hint that Black people (or "Hispanics") are inferior because they need a leg up. But I don't think that is
actually the case. The suggested reasoning behind affirmative action is that because of prejudices, it becomes A LOT HARDER FOR THEM to get through
school and get effective jobs, etc. It's because of the neighborhoods and the schools and the job opportunities and the higher education
opportunities and the prejudicial scapegoating that police do on them and the way employers might hold prejudices that actually effect whether or not
they will hire that person at all.
I went to public school, but they were more or less good public schools As and A+s. I had access to computers at an early age and I had access to
alternative programs, museums, etc. My parents had access so that when I was born, they were living a middle class lifestyle. Because they had the
money and ability to travel, they took me around to cultural and historic sites in the country. They bought certain books for me. They hired an au
pair so I could learn French when I was little for a year. They had good credit, so we could get a good loan for me to go to a good state university.
They had the money to let me study abroad in college. When I didn't have enough money, my uncle bought a car for me so I could make it through a job
and a master's degree (no public transport options where I lived).
Now, compare that situation with other "White" people. I have lots of friends with different stories - obviously - but who still benefited: a friend
with connections for law school (opens doors); a friend with connections for a production company (skip steps on the way up the ladder); parents of
one family member who had the money to allow him to travel to his father's hometown in Poland every year (broadens the horizons); cousins with access
to a camp site in the woods in New York (ability to learn about nature, get out of the city).
I could go on and on with examples of friends and family and then I ask, the last time you drove through the "Black" part of town, did you see
people who could benefit from these same scenarios? Anyone with a wealthy uncle who could give them transportation to further their career or get a
higher degree? Anyone with parents who could possibly sustain a trip abroad to broaden their horizons? Anyone with access to land for whatever
No. You don't see that and that is "WHY" there is a need for something. Affirmative action might not be the panacea. I think individualized
attention, a school system that is supported equally across the board (not based on property tax, which is only a way of maintaining status quo), and
a total moratorium on using "race" check boxes for education, jobs or other purposes.