« on: December 02, 2005, 07:35:49 AM »
I am not a race warrior or one who really cares about AA in general very much, but just wanted to bring up some of my thoughts.
I think AA shouldn't be race-based. It doesnt make sense. Sure, black have been historically discriminated against, and on the whole, they are still facing some disadvantages today. But most of those disadvantages stem from an assumed socioeconomic disadvantage that might not exist.
Just to give an example, I went to a small, rich, private prep school. I had maybe 3 black people in my graduating class of 68. But these were rich black people who had been afforded EVERY opportunity in life that the white kids at the school had been. The fact that there were so few of these black students does not say much for race equality in my state (which is 23% black, I believe), but these kids would intentionally slack off, get C's, not study for the SATs as much as they could because they knew they could get into great universities solely based on their race. Now I'm sure these kids ran into SOME opposition or racism in their day, however, it doesnt seem fair that they can be rich, sheltered, and priviledged and still get into better schools than their white counterparts simply because of who their parents are (black people).
Why not base AA on family income? I think that's a much more accurate predictor of advantage/disadvantage.
Just my 2 cents, feel free to crucify if you like.