« on: July 14, 2004, 09:48:10 AM »
I also wanted to comment on some of the debates/discussions we got going on on the thread.
1) Affirmative Action:
One thing that always pisses me off in the whole affirmative action debate is the fact that minorities all have to walk around like they got a damn brand on their face with "AA" on it, when the VAST numbers of people benefiting from AA at top schools in this nation are rich white people. If you look at the numbers, more top private institutions admit people because of how much money their parents have and how much they can contribute to the school rather than what their skin color is. How do you think people like Bush went to Yale and Harvard? - that man is NOT smart and when he was keynote speaker at Yale a couple years back he openly told them that he jus partied and got low grades. However, his dad went there and was president of the United States. I think its crazy that we had people writing in to my school newspaper about how they were mad that "blacks got admitted over whit students w/ the same #'s" and I'm sitting there knowing that my numbers were high as hell, whereas my roomie had a C avg in HS and couldnt get in to Penn State - yet she was at Duke University b/c her parents were rich and knew people. When I'm sitting in class next to Jennifer White and the White Lecture Hall across the quad is named after her dad, yet I hav to be subjected to looks when the conversation rolls around to AA - it makes me kinda mad. And these are not seldom occurrences people...soooo many people get admitted to schools on the basis of how much cheese they have.
I can only judge from my school, but if i were to use it to judge many of the other universities in the nation, i'd say they are pretty messed up when it comes to diversity. Because while everyone crunches their #'s and gets their right amt of Blacks and Asians and Hispanics, etc, no one is really tryna get diversity of socio-economics - and in my opinion, that is missing the mark. there was recently in article in the NY Times about this, yal should read it...something like 70 or 80% of all ppl at top schools in the nation come from fams that make like over 150,000 (i mite be messin that stat up, sorry, but u get the point) - regardless of what race they are. Lower middle class and lower class people are still being left behind in this nation - whether they are black white or yellow - and until we admit that economic class is something that exists in the US - we wont address it. Even the minorities they get most of the time represent the higher income minorities.
3) As far as the NAACP and Bush goes - dont let Bush fool you ("I'm not going cus they talked about me" - BS) he has declined invitations every year of his presidency and is the first pres to do so since the 30's. He has been to the swing state of Pennsylvania like 30 times during this campaign, and he cant make it to Philly b/c of a "scheduling conflict" - gimme a break. And as far as Clinton goes, he did some shady stuff on the low as well, both internationally and here at home. As blacks we always demonize the Republicans and hand the Democrats our vote freely w/out demanding anything in return - when really they are all out to protect their own interests, the interests of rich, white men. (and I say that not to be racist, cus there's a lot of poor white southerners out there being duped for their Repub vote and their interest arent really being served either). I fully advocate voting, ESP in this election (if u arent registered go do it now!) because although the whole system needs a band-aid, there's def a lesser of two evils. However as blacks, we need to stop handing out our vote and then not paying attantion once the Dem gets in office. We need to put continued pressure on Dem to protect our interests and be more involved in politics. Cus the truth is they pimp us for our vote and then the majority of us go chill for 4 years and dont pay attention again and let them screw us on the low until some extremely right wing person gets elected and starts screwing us out in the open. And we also need to start focusing more on local poltics, mayor, school board etc, and also our district representatives and all that stuff. Too often people only pay attention to the general elections or think if they change the pres, everything will be gravy - we have to remember, its a whole network of people that support the pres from a local to a federal level, and changing those ppl will impact us more than just changing one man.
Damn that was maaaad long, lol my bad yal, I'm at work w/ nothing to do (I work at the National Urban League by the way - great resource to tap if u wanna get in contact w/ black lawyers and professionals doing things to help our communities)....holla back