Affirmative-Action

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. 

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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.

It concerns me how small this Abigail Fisher case is made to seem by my fellow white people. This case may have her name on it, but it’s barely about Abigail and her name is only referenced a few times in the whole document.

From what I have read this whole thing is being funded by a man called Edward Blum and his conservative backers and this is not their only case. Blum has taken aim at several “race protection” laws via his non profit The Project On Fair Representation, including wanting changes to the Voters Rights Act.

This man believes that affirmative action laws are unfair to white people and he was LOOKING SPECIFICALLY for a white student and when he found Fisher he convinced her to file and is paying her legal fees, even though he admits that she likely wouldn’t have got in on her scores.

Abigail is a shitty human being for going along with this, but don’t be fooled into thinking it is one white girl who wanted this and instigated this. Don’t use this as an excuse to distance ourselves from this bullshit and pretend it’s one white person.

This is rich conservatives (and anonymous backers) with an agenda and a plan of attack. They will not go away regardless of the Fisher verdict. Because it is not about her, or her grades. It’s white supremacy as part of a monied institution. An institution we ALL DO benefit from.

It’s far more than a temper tantrum by a (very) mediocre white girl, who stands to gain almost nothing ($100 in damages was the sum I believe I read). It’s white entitlement on a grander scale looking for this to cost PoC the little help they have by using the 14th amendment to declare affirmative action unconstitutional based on “discrimination” against white people.

I see a lot of other white people who want to help by jeering at Abigail and that is all well and good, but if we don’t talk about Edward Blum too then we LET him go under the radar and that is bad allyship on our part.

Edit: if anyone knows any black authored posts on Tumblr about Blum I can boost please let me know, tumblr search is fucked.

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This is a very enlightening article and it can be read in it’s entirety here, but it should also be noted that for all the restrictions listed, things were worse and even more restrictive for Black and other non-White women. And, while hinted at, this cannot be emphasized enough: some of the biggest beneficiaries of the Civil Rights Act and Affirmative Action were and are White women

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. exgynocraticgrrl: 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)

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STOP Blaming Affirmative Action for Your College Rejection | Decoded | MTV News  

Getting into college is tough, but being rejected from school is even tougher. One of the biggest myths is that affirmative action is taking away spots from those who deserve them more. However, Affirmative Action is not about selected under-qualified candidates of minority races, it is about giving those minorities an equal opportunity to be considered in the first place. And more than just minorities are benefiting. In fact white women have historically been the greatest beneficiaries of affirmative action! Of course, no one thinks the college admissions process is perfect, but maybe the frustration should be directed towards other aspects of the college admission process… (*cough cough* legacy admissions).

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Before Rachel Dolezal decided she was a transracial Black woman, she sued Howard University for discriminating…against White people.

Dolezal alleged that school officials improperly blocked her appointment to a teaching assistant post, rejected her application for a post-graduate instructorship, and denied her scholarship aid while she was a student.

The court opinion also noted that Dolezal claimed that the university’s decision to remove some of her artworks from a February 2001 student exhibition was “motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over” her.

(Relevant posts on Affirmative Action: Herehere, herehere, here and here)

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Abigail Fisher deserves an ‘F’ for her race-baiting Supreme Court case aimed at boosting subpar white students
By Amanda Marcotte

Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in what is easily the most baffling case it’s going to hear this session, yet another attack on affirmative action policies at state universities, in this case the University of Texas at Austin. If ever there was a case that has no business in front of the high court, it is this one. The suit is a nuisance suit, it’s poorly argued, it’s disingenuous, it’s been heard before and, to make everything even more bizarre, the plaintiff’s claim to injury is demonstrably untrue. This is a case that should have been laughed out of court years ago, but instead, this is the second time — second time! — it’s being presented in front of the Supreme Court.

At stake is the claim made by Abigail Fisher, now 25, who hails from a wealthy suburb of Houston called Sugar Land, that she was deprived of her rightful admission at UT Austin because, in her view, some person of color who didn’t deserve it stole it from her.

The admissions case in front of SCOTUS is about putting mediocre white students ahead of talented people of color

“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 psychologytoday.com. 
After several centuries of brutal anti-black racism and structural white privilege, apparently 50 years of modest civil rights progress was too unbearable for many “aggrieved” white people. Gutting the Voting Rights Act, weakening Affirmative Action and the proliferation of Stand Your Ground laws are each part of an unmistakable conservative effort to return all of America to a pre-civil rights, antebellum confederacy where "states rights," judicial nullification and Jim Crow etiquette are the norm. Again.