Well, my great-great-grandparents were locked into a cycle of poverty in the mines of appalachia due to the predatory practices of the mine companies of the 1920s. Check out the Matewan Massacre and the events surrounding it - there are plenty of people who are white and not wealthy due to no fault of their own. My family has worked hard to get where we are today, with me becoming the first member of my family to graduate college this May, and I think that what you have said is a rather far-reaching statement...
Quote from: devildog_jim on March 02, 2009, 12:59:46 PMEconomic disadvantage seems to be a major argument for racial preferences. I have yet to figure out why myself. It's interesting that you would say that being "poor and white" is a choice though. Is it a choice to be poor and African American? Or poor and Latino? Or are those environmental conditions that require that the playing field be adjusted?If you are white and have been here for more than two generations there is nothing stopping you from achieving the American dream except choices you made along the way, at least not a history of racism and being kept out of schools and professions until relatively recently. Many generations of Hispanics or blacks were here long enough that had they not had those impediments to entering many schools and professions in addition to racism they could have gone from lower class to upper class by now at least so some degree of parity when comapred the percentage of whites that are middle or upper class. Unfortunately that has only been a reality for one generation or so, so they have much more to make up for and fewer success stories.
Economic disadvantage seems to be a major argument for racial preferences. I have yet to figure out why myself. It's interesting that you would say that being "poor and white" is a choice though. Is it a choice to be poor and African American? Or poor and Latino? Or are those environmental conditions that require that the playing field be adjusted?
Matthies, I'm not even going to grace that with an honest response.
Matthies, I have two jobs while in undergrad. I have received and am gratefuul for aid through merit scholarships alone. I don't expect or want anyone to give me a "leg up" because they take pity on me, but the flipside of that is that I don't feel particularly impressed by anyone who does want that sort of pity. If you think you can get rich living at 30k per year, then by all means, drop law school and go for it. That being said, 30k is barely enough to live on in most places, and people still need to eat.