I am not an immigrant. In fact, in one family line I am tenth generation in America. Well, it wasn't America when they first got here. Even with that, I am do not follow any of the things that you said white people do. I do not use US history as my history. My family does come from other countries, and I am proud of that. I do not readily identify with the government and social institutions.
I mentioned before why I think this can't work.Assume Presitigious College X makes 200 spots available for "low-income" students which has lower admissions standards.A reasonable parent would then do everything possible to make themselves seem low-income, if at all possible. Work part-time for two years so that the child has a higher chance at school, transfer property ownership to a blind trust, rent an apt. Now you have a low-income child in a good school, with characteristics that technically shouldn't get them into the "socio-economic affirmative action" bin. Only two thousand families a year would need to do this to completely screw up the whole system. And I think there are at least that many that would.
You know, I actually doubt that, have you looked at the US Census data that states what the poverty line in the US is? It is VERY low and unreasonable to live on that amount of money if you are not accustomed to it. Also, there are many programs for poor people and I don't see anyone trying to "fake" it in order to get their kid a boost.
Quote from: psr13 on April 21, 2006, 03:03:52 AMI am not an immigrant. In fact, in one family line I am tenth generation in America. Well, it wasn't America when they first got here. Even with that, I am do not follow any of the things that you said white people do. I do not use US history as my history. My family does come from other countries, and I am proud of that. I do not readily identify with the government and social institutions.There are tons of white people who are alienated from mainstream history, culture, and political and social institutions. Very few of them are elites. The fact that you are in college and plan on going to law school shows that you probably identify more than you think with the mainstream political and social institutions. Truely alienated people drop out of highschool, they definitely would not plan on going to law scchool-It sounds more like you have an open mind more than you do not identify with government and social institutions-after all the law profession is one of the stables and core government and social institutions in the nation.I am not sure what you mean when you say you don't identify with U.S. history. U.S. history is far more complicated than a lot of dead presidents-it contains major themes, like the puritan work ethic leading to captalitistic and materialistic values. It contains themes of individualism and violence? What history do you identify with?
The Declining Significance of Race by William Julius Wilson. I always agreed with his premise that race impacts upper class blacks much less than it impacts lower class blacks.
A few words from Emile Durkheim:"One sort of heredity will always exist, that of natural talent…A moral discipline will therefore still be required to make those less favored by nature accept the lesser advantages which they owe to the chance of birth. Shall it be demanded that all have an equal share and that no advantage be given those more useful and deserving? But then there would have to be a discipline far stronger to make these accept a treatment merely equal to that of the mediocre and incapable....But like the one first mentioned, this discipline can be useful only if considered just by the peoples subject to it."