Monday, May 15, 2006
This remains the true tragedy of affirmative action. Jason, while your comments are both rude and somewhat unfounded, the point they lead toward is an important one. Affirmative action, in its end result, devalues the intellect and contributions of minority students by, to paraphrase slightly, judging them only on the color of their skin, not the content of their character. I can't imagine having to go through life wondering, and often being asked, whether I was the recipient of affirmative action, or whether I was actually "good enough" to make it on my own. But questions like Jason's will follow minority students their whole lives, even those who were clearly qualified. How insulting, but it is the only possible result of a system that is based on a racist premise anyway: Minorities can't make it on their own, we need to lower the standards and help them out. To really seek positive results, we need to demand more accountability from teachers, stricter standards and curriculums in public schools, and an overhaul of the corrupt, Democrat stronghold, inner-city school systems. Affirmative action is not the answer to the education gap, and neither are your comments Jason.
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