Posts tagged affirmative action
Posts tagged affirmative action
It bothers me that white folk complain about minority scholarships as if the school is giving away free money and doing us a favor. Fuck a GPA, sports and all the rest of that, our presence is power, there is money in diversity and we are wanted to support the learning for white students, our scholarships are assistantships.
Being a person of color on a PWC is akin to being an adjunct professor, without the parameters of when and where you must teach. We are an experience. When you pay to get in Disney world, you expect those people in the Goofy and Donald Duck costumes are being paid correct? Well for white students universities are like their educational amusement park and students of color are the interchange actors in the Mickey customs
This is not to say there aren’t valuable relationships formed at PWC between white students and students of color or that POC do not graduate with happy memories, but we aren’t at the same Disney world; we are working
We are answering your questions about hair, language our bodies
We are called upon to teach in the classes we are supposed to be learning in
We are providing customer service when you make a racist joke and we bite back our 1st thought and go with respectable politics
We offer you ‘diversity programing’ where you can taste our food and watch us dance
We show you what’s outside your bubble
We are the black roommate answer to your interview question for that 1st job
This is why it pains me when I hear complaints about minority student orgs. Do other jobs not provide break rooms so the staff can sit together and eat lunch, take off their “professional” and be themselves? You have the space, it is your amusement park; we are here for your amusement
But I guess what they are really saying is they want be voyeurs, free of charge in our habitat, that’s what those mission trips and inner city volunteer project are for right?
oh hey look everyone it’s one of the girls’ RACIST PROFILE PHOTO
Caption: Students Kritz Eliza and Taylor Matzen, dressed as American Indians, participate during a bake sale led by the Berkeley College Republicans Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the University of California campus in Berkeley, Calif. The Berkeley College Republicans have scheduled a bake sale where the price of a cookie or a brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin. The price of a baked good costs $2 for white people, $1.50 if you’re Asian, $1 for Latinos, 75 cents for African-Americans and 25 cents for Native Americans. Women get a discount of 25 cents. From SFgate.com
Wow. White girls in headdresses, participating in the bake sale. Are they trying to get free cookies or what? This is the insensitivity supported by the UC Berkeley Campus Republicans and their bake sale. From the article:
The Republican students said offering more expensive pastries to white students and less expensive ones to students of other ethnicities illustrated the injustice of any division by race. A few feet away from the bake sale, opposing groups held a “Conscious Cupcakes” giveaway, handing out their own treats for free. And around midday, hundreds of people dressed in black laid down in Sproul Plaza, silently demonstrating their support of SB185.
This comes from the opposition to a bill that would allow California’s universities to consider race and ethnicity as one of many factors, like extra-curriculars, in college admissions. The bill would still ban admission based entirely on race or ethnicity.
<sarcasm> Here’s something more honest: How about you still charge the white guy $2.00 for the cookie, give him $3 to buy it, and then let him punch the Native American students in order to steal their cookies, screaming “MANIFEST DESTINY, ASSHOLES!” triumphantly? After that, how about the African-American students are forced to clean up after the bake sale, as the Campus Republicans sip mint juleps and supervise? Is that more honest? </sarcasm>
I don’t support throwing the baked goods at them, nor screaming obscenities. I do absolutely love the steps taken by the Harry Potter student group, selling “enchanted Costco muffins,” for “Two galleons to pure bloods” and “Eight sickles to muggles.”
*gasp* I’m so fucking shocked! But, you know, not.
^^^^ the bolded… perfect.. anyway, as I said before, this by far ain’t the 1st affirmative action bake sale and won’t be the last. If they didn’t get national news they wouldn’t get participants, people wouldn’t copy it over and over and it would just be another shit campus bake sale of Oreos in sandwich bags and smashed cupcakes…
well well well look at that.
OH HEY COLLEGE REPUBLICANS/YAF
OH HEY WOULD YA LOOK AT THIS
I was unsure what my first post should be so I decided to post something I wrote a long time ago that got a fair response. Just for reference the post was written November 03, 2006
Today my goal is to get into the mind of the new minority… the str8, white male (preferably middle class). My attention has been called to this phenomenon by their recent unification and out cry about the continued oppression and discrimination that have had to endure for the past 50 years. It has come to my attention that affirmative action, while helping so many has hurt this group. Today I hope to understand.
Just the other day I found myself (in my film class) discussing Marx’s and class indictors. When my professor asked for people to identify what class they thought they were in of course most people readily categorized themselves as the quintessential middle class (studies have shown most Americans identify as middle class* while statistically half of those “middle class” are actually either upper or lower class) very few people wanted to own up to upper class and I was the only one to identify as lower. When asked why we saw ourselves that way I simply referred to the phone call I received about 8 that morning. My mother called me crying because of the state of her teeth. With one rotten and food in her gums, she would need over $700 dollars to repair the damage. Because my mom has M.S. she receives Medicare but because of the recent changes, it doesn’t cover oral surgery. She called to see if I had any money I could send her, which I don’t. I also admitted to the class that because of that incident, I was feeling a little more lower class that usual. When my professor finally turned to the few who identified as upper class, all of a sudden there was an uncomfortable silence. Finally someone admitted that they didn’t like to talk about being upper class it was embarrassing. Got to say I was shocked. How uncoifed was I to admit that my mom, or I for that sake, couldn’t afford to get basic health care, but these student were squirming in their seats when finally fessing up that they out source the cleaning of their house. Now I have nothing against rich people (some of my best friends are rich) but the guilt felt in that room was phenomenal. I’ve been in more comfortable coming out experiences to Christian parents. It’s just the ideal that all of a sudden a group, a class of people who are knowingly at the top of the food chain, feel bad about it… Is that the notion behind vegetarianism? I don’t eat red meat either but that’s another story… The concept that you are ok with your privilege until you’re ‘outed’ is an interesting one. I doubt given the opportunity anyone would give it up, but yet some were so uncomfortable they wouldn’t even admit they were upper class until the end of our session.
This guilt is wide spread and boils over to new avenues. I have to say I have American guilt, and some heterosexual guilt, but I think the toughest to handle is white guilt. Instead of it bolstering the issue of race relations, it is the power behind the newly oppressed minority I mentioned earlier. My only explanation is that the guilt is easier to deal with if you can identify with the disadvantaged group. It is truly easier to pull the race card when your simply borrowing it. Or better yet, denying that there is a ‘race’ at all. Yes, I know races is man-made, but being the only colored blind person in the crowed means your blind to other things too, like the fact when man made race, he used the scrapes to make racism and though you ’ don’t see race’ everyone else does. Maybe because this recently oppressed group is so new to the game they don’t know how to deal. They are overwhelmed by the effects of 50 years of being turned down by colleges, government contracts, and other things and they are angry. But I think its guilt; the guilt shows itself thorough affirmative action because implementing solution to a problem means acknowledging the problem. Maybe that explains our ‘classless’ society. If you want to talk about a solution to our almost caste system we have to acknowledge there is one. Therefore, the elimination of affirmative action will ease the pain and guilt of a self indulgent generation. We can refer back to how we got rid of Affirmative action because there was no need for it anymore; we are so racially equal that is was having an opposite effect and many would say that prop 2 is not about guilt at all, but instead about equality (with Rosa parks standing strong next to a vote yes sign).
But my question is, if it is not guilt but real oppression these young white men are feeling, is my American guilt causing me to turn the channel when they show hungry children in other countries, or to avoid conversations with international students because I know I know too little about America let alone anywhere else in the world or am I oppressed by these images? Losing my appetite, I must throw away the nutritious meal I was eating. For 5 cents a day I can feed a hungry child but for 5 bucks a day I can get my Starbucks fix. And for those international students, don’t they know that in most countries citizen are bilingual, learning the rich language of English, sometimes mastering it better than me, to accommodate the American consumers? Why should I know that others use ‘kilometers’ instead of miles? the signs will have a quick translation for me when and if I visit right? Because any place not European is too much of a challenge.
I want to know the oppression of the str8 white male. Where can it be seen? I ask for examples, for proof. You say affirmative action hurts you., tell me how, I mean with evidence, not stories about your uncle’s best friend’s son’s, brother who was told he would be a prefect candidate for (insert ivy league school here) but he is white and they have to fill their minority quota… Ok I have to say even before affirmative action schools weren’t send rejects letter saying ” sorry we don’t accept (insert racial epithet) here… anyway. I wanna know their struggles, are they being threatened? Spit at? reviving hate mail? Do they feel unsafe as a minority at a university? Because in all actually they are, White women out number men of ALL races at the university level**, they are graduating at rates unheard of but are paid less than their male counterparts, maybe its cause men are hot commodities…. Maybe not. I am waiting to hear these things so I can get in the mind of this newly oppressed group. As a Libra I like to see both sides but I have only been shown one. Is it guilt or oppression?
I ask a group of people who conveniently tell stories of a family tree of immigrants that pulled themselves up by the boot straps, of course they are now against immigration, but back in the good old days, hard work is all it took to start a business to turn it into a conglomeration which becomes a monopoly. I ask them to ask their now happily assimilated grandparents about the oppression they experienced as a Jew, Irishman, or even Asian woman, because they did. Long time ago the ghettos contained people of more shades than brown and they were harassed. Do that first so you can understand discrimination at its worse. I then suggest exploring how they over came in. I imply no negative connotation to assimilation when I infer that they did. They did it for survival. But the important thing to understand is that it’s easier to blend in the woods when you already green and not bright pink. Which is why assimilation was easier for you grandparents than mine. And for those who don’t have an immigrants in your family (well at least you say you don’t but there are only on group of people who didn’t) you can ask my family… hey you might have owned them…