posted on May, 21 2003 @ 09:31 AM
Originally posted by DClark
Most Americans didn't know these types of programs went on.
Perhaps "most Americans under age 30" didn't know these types of programs were going on, but most of us over 40 certainly know about it. These are
the stepchildren of the Civil Rights movement, and are designed to help bring about a bit more equality.
For an example, I'm sure you never thought about the fact that men's sports get many times the amount of funding (sometimes up to 90% more) that
women's sports programs do. Even when women's teams win and are popular, the money still goes to failing men's teams rather than to the women's
There are many areas of society where a little "leveling" needs to be done.
Right now, the question of "has there been enough of this to bring the field to an even surface for everyone in the United States" hasn't been
answered. Racial discrimination still goes on in housing and other areas (not in the middle income and upper income levels, but at the lowest --
where landlords will often ignore the requests of anyone who isn't well educated, who doesn't have English as a first language, or who is of a
different race than the landlord themselves.)
It's a LOT better than it was, but there's still lots of unaddressed areas. In this case, it might have been an excuse to get rid of some courses
that they knew were losing money but were afraid to drop for fear they'd have legal action against them.