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|Tue, 04-08-2003 - 7:00pm|
I took American History in high school. I learned about slavery (about how only 10% of the people of the South had slaves), about how African-Americans had segregation (very sad to see how ignorant people can be), and about how they had a hard time after segregation was "ended" getting into good schools and getting good jobs. I thought that Affirmative Action was a GREAT idea. It really helped break down those barriers. But, I think that it's usefulness is comming to an end.
I can't tell you how TIRED I am of all the bull! I am a white girl. My family is upper-middle class. I have AWESOME ACT scores going into college. But you know what? I didn't get a DIME in aid. I had student loans up to my neck because I had to pay my way through. I had to EARN the right to get into the school of my choice, and I had to pay every cent. When I looked for scholarships, the only ones I found requested that you be a "minority". Because we all know that it is the color of your SKIN that makes you a decent member of society.
Now, after what? 35 years of Affirmative action... companies no longer have to be pressured into filling a status-quo. The previous feelings of dislike/distrust of "colored people" is no longer prevelent. A black person can walk into an interview and know that they will be judged on the merit of their SKILLS. They should be PROUD of that! They shouldn't want to hide behind some law. How can they have pride in their culture if they are dependent on the governement to ensure thier employment. I would think that more satisfaction would come from being the most qualified.
And as for my last note... I will NOT feel sorry for African-Americans who's ancestors were slaves. I don't feel personally responsible. My family immigrated to the America AFTER the Civil War. They all moved to the Midwest and became farmers. They didn't have slaves. Slavery is not part of MY heritage and I don't like being second-best because of what OTHERS did.
People accuse whites of being racist... I think that racism is equal-opportunty. I've been called names and I've been denied things because of the color of MY skin. It's not fair. We need to focus on what's INSIDE, not on what's outside.