THISSS!!!!! (quoting my favorite parts)
claiming that Affirmative Action and the need to meet federal quotas took your rightful spot at the University of Texas. Never mind the fact that you had an average GPA of 3.59, below average SAT scores of 1180, and weren’t in the top 10 percentile of your class. There’s nothing wrong with any of those numbers I just mentioned– plenty of people with those scores and grades are going to go onto college and very successful futures. They just may not be going to the University of Texas.
Apparently brown babies are receiving their Ivy League acceptances stapled to birth certificates in the delivery rooms nowadays. You sign up for a lifetime of other systemic issues (Racism? Discrimination? No big), but hey, at least you’re going to Harvard. Maybe, but it helps if you’re lucky enough to land in a decent public school where your race is non-factor when it comes to the quality of your education, and even in a diverse, wealthy suburb with good public schools that’s not a guarantee.
A child of color often has to live under a completely different set of rules than their white counterparts. We work twice as hard to go half as far and still have to deal with a persistent academic achievement gap.
By your logic, if a white girl with your background doesn’t get into an Ivy League college, it’s because there weren’t enough spots for white students that year. But, if a non-white girl with an identical profile is rejected, who do they blame? No one. They don’t have the excuse; they simply weren’t good enough. We don’t get to make ourselves feel better by engaging in a smear campaign against the fictional Cherokee girl that took our Ivy League slot.
Some people might think this is a little abrasive, but I think the tone is spot on, especially as it responds specifically to the instances where POC were/are made the scapegoats for whites being rejected from their ideal schools. I think sometimes there needs to be a little push and shove to get the majority of whites to see the perspective from a POC, because the simple fact that they were able to make a huge stink about something as (relatively) trivial as getting into a college on a national level, and make racially insensitive comments while placing unwarranted blame on certain people groups, is a perfect example of white privilege.
Things like this make me sooooo ;alskdjf;aslkdjfa;sldkfj. And I really like when people understand exactly how I feel/think on these issues.