Race matters. Race matters in part because of the long history of racial minorities’ being denied access to the political process.

Race matters to a young man’s view of society when he spends his teenage years watching others tense up as he passes, no matter what neighborhood he grew up. Race matters to a young woman’s sense of self when she states her hometown, and then is pressed, ‘No, where are you really from?’

The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.
If someone calls you out on your white privilege, they are not marginalizing you. Plain and simple. They are asking (or telling) you to be aware that you were not born in a vacuum and that your skin color and ancestry have a very specific meaning in this country, a meaning that affords you and your ancestors certain advantages, perks, or benefits that a large portion of this country do not experience and are prevented from accessing, simply because of their skin color, nationality, ethnic and/or cultural practices, sexuality, and so on. You can deny it all you want, but that doesn’t mean the system will cease to exist with your denial. Your denial means that you are individually choosing to continue to support a system that has, I’d argue, the most far-reaching and damaging effects on communities of color in this country. Your denial of white privilege doesn’t mean that less Blacks and Latinos will be incarcerated in their lifetime; it doesn’t mean that Black, Latino, and American Indian women will no longer be making the lowest income among all groups in this country; it also doesn’t mean that queer youth of color will suddenly no longer experience disturbing rates of homelessness in Los Angeles County. Your denial of your privilege perpetuates inequality and is offensive to us folks of color who have to fight uphill against a system that devalues (and sometimes exploits) our cultural practices, our languages, our countries, our his/herstories, and our unique experiences and struggles in this country.
My mom once told me that in Camden, NJ only 1% of Highschool Students tested college ready. She put an emphasis on tested. She said that she doubts that's the actual number and she said that these tests are only meant for very specific people to take them. She said that there are probably some extremely capable people in Camden but most don’t even take the test because they don’t believe in themselves enough to think that they will even make it.
—  My mom talking about how the SAT isn’t fair and why Affirmative Action is 100% necessary because we raise kids of color in our society to have no aspirations for college, and that when it comes to getting into college they don’t even think they are capable. Affirmative Action allows the minorites in our country to have a chance at getting the education they deserve, even though everyone around them says they shouldn’t.

Vince Vaughn: wealthy, privileged, white male (and of course, a Libertarian) approaches Affirmative Action and structural racism with pseudo-egalitarianism and all the willful ignorance that typifies America’s aggressive denial of white privilege and the fact that for centuries, it has been the role of government to deny rights to black people based strictly on the grounds of race

Full article by TheRoot, here and 12 related posts Vince Vaughn needs tattooed on his forehead to read:

1. gradientlair: Why Whites Hate Affirmative Action

2. ethiopienne: Sonya Sotomayor’s Blistering Dissent on the Affirmative Action Ruling by SCOTUS

3. girldwarf: Deconstructing Masculinity and Manhood

4. Time: Affirmative Action Has Helped White Women More Than Anyone

5. Ever Notice When White Men Have a Problem With Discrimination?

6. stfuconservatives: Race Didn’t Cost Abigail Fisher Her Spot At The University of Texas

7. newbatteri: Life Is Tough for White Americans After A Few Centuries of Presumed Superiority

8. fyeahcracker: Even In 1962, Ninety Percent of White People Claimed That Black Children Had Equal Opportunity

9. Five Things Women Couldn’t Do In The 1960s

10. Americans Have No Problem With Government Assistance…Until Black People Receive It

11. Ta-Nehisi Coates - America’s Strange Belief About Racism

12. gradientlair: Victim Blaming and The Just World Fallacy

Bonus: Straight White Male - The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is

SN: You can believe in things like reverse racism and the myth of “meritocracy” only when you pretend, not that everyone is equal, but that everyone is treated equally (newsflash: everyone is not treated equally)

An editorial in the National Review — where no one apparently wanted to attach their name to the piece — mocked Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” reputation and called her “illiterate.”

“Her opinion is legally illiterate and logically indefensible,” the editorial read. “And the still-young career of this self-described ‘wise Latina’ on the Supreme Court already offers a case study in the moral and legal corrosion that inevitably results from elevating ethnic-identity politics over the law.”

Other critics — read: white men — called Sotomayor “overheated” and fueled by “emotion” — coded language that has been used in the past to discredit or marginalize women and minorities.

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“Many people who sent hateful feedback made reference to my academic qualifications. When you consider stereotypes about Black people as unintelligent victims and drug-addicted criminals, it seems unfathomable that a Black woman could have an engineering degree from MIT, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and have been employed as a faculty member at an Ivy League school. My achievements sparked anger and jealousy in many because they are seen as a violation of the stereotype, or the proper social order. There is no way that a racist can imagine I might have earned all this from just a good brain and hard work. For that reason, many tried to make this "right” by addressing me in a disrespectful manner, using demeaning and sexist language, and expressing disbelief over my achievements. It’s a broken logic that perpetuates hate: by pulling down successful people of color, racists think they pull themselves up.“
—  Dr. Monica Williams, Ph.D, in reply to the hate she received for her post on colorblind racism on 
Are White People Discriminated Against for Scholarships?
  • Only 5.5% of undergrad students receive private scholarships.
  • Of the private scholarships available, less than 5% of scholarship programs and less than 10% of the total number of individual scholarships take race into consideration.
  • The scholarships that do take race into consideration have other criteria that they look at, such as grades, extracurricular activities, and community service.
  • White students are 40% more likely to receive scholarships than minority students. 
  • Only 3.5% of students of color receive scholarships even partially based on race.

So, no. They aren’t. 


Affirmative action for rich assholes.

Salon: Legacy preference in college admission, or the practice of selecting the offspring of alumni over other qualified candidates, was originally a strategy developed to grandfather Jewish applicants out of admission. Though the policy’s intention has changed, it remains the reality that as American students head back to campus this fall, 10 to 25 percent of them do not deserve their spots. They’re “legacy admits,” the kids who got a boost via birth.

Quite a boost, in fact. In their 2005 paper “The Opportunity Cost of Admission Preferences at Elite Universities,” Princeton scholars Thomas Espenshade and Chang Chung found that legacy status gives fortunate applicants the equivalent of an additional 160 points on the former 1,600 point SAT scale. One hundred sixty points is no small adjustment; on the contrary, it’s the sort of improvement hopeful high schoolers bury their noses in books for. Yet it comes gratis to a set of students already privileged enough to be born to graduates of prestigious institutions.

Worse, the “legacy” system is a taxpayer supported free ride. Where the rest of us have to actually pay to get into college, legacy admissions pay to go to the head of the line. That payment is somehow “charity” and actually qualifies as a tax write-off – as if there’s some sort of noble sacrifice in getting little Dubya into a school he would never otherwise qualify for in a million years.

Who makes up the difference here? Well, you do. According to the report, “alumni that make such donations are entitled to deduct the amount of their donation from their income for tax purposes. In so doing, the richest alumni receive a tax subsidy of 40 percent of the amount of their donation. That is, the public ultimately funds as much as 40 percent of any given legacy admissions payment.” No wonder these clowns have such an oversized sense of entitlement.

Welfare for the rich is fine. Help for those who actually need it is somehow called “government waste.”

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