The Gross National Debt

Monday, January 23, 2012

This is a two way street going nowhere

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Back in the late 80s and early 90s, if you were a person of a specific ancestry and applied to a college in Southwest Georgia, you got a scholarship.

Flat out. You got it just because you applied and met an ancestry requirement, provided your recent ancestors, say the past 300 years or so, were from a specific part of the planet and not from another part of the planet.

Sound racist?


My allegation will be hotly denied, but the records will back me up, if those records are still on file. I believe they should be. This is a state-funded institution of higher learning we're talking about.

The college is now a university. The institution is a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Those who qualified for and got those scholarships were not the group of students primarily served by Albany State College (now University).

Still sound racist?

ASC was then under orders to diversify it's student population or it would be combined with other colleges & universities.

Reverse busing of a sort.

Now ASU is taking heat again for admitting students who do not meet the minimum qualifications for admission. About half the freshman class in fact did not meet the admission requirements.

They got in anyway.

ASU officials are chalking it up to simple errors.

Hah.

For several years now, Georgia has been tightening the fiscal reins on education and that includes adult education centers. The tech college shut down in my community because there was not enough students to keep the place open.

And half of ASU's freshman class didn't meet the necessary admission requirements.

Anyone see a pattern forming here?

I ain't picking on ASU, which can be a fine institution of higher learning. It certainly has some quality people. But, just like any other university across the planet, it has some idiots.

It also is located in a small urban outpost in a hugely rural part of the state. It must also compete with two other institutions of higher learning.

If ASU was not an HBCU, I suspect it woulda been combined with another college or university or shut down. But because of the specter of racism lurking over it, ASU has gotten a pass for years.

Again, I'm not picking on ASU, but it certainly is a symptom of a much wider problem in this nation. Until we can get past the idea that skin color somehow determines a person's worth, then we will remain mired in idiocy, the kind of idiocy that makes people vote a person into office because of the ancestors they claim, not their ability to do the job.

Racism is a two-way street. It doesn't lead to nowhere though. But no one on that road really wants to get to the destination, despite what they say.

1 comment:

  1. Curious why you're no longer linking on FB, but that's okay, I'd hunt it down anyway, once known. The point always missed about MLKJr's teachings was that we are supposed to pick better parameters to discriminate with, not stop being discriminating. Amazing that his philosophy has been bastardized into an extremist idea that judging itself is anathema, but I suppose one has to consider who it is that typically claims to embrace MLKJr's ideals the most. They condemn his religion with one sentence, then pretend to idolize him with the next, when in actuality, the man, his social message and his faith were inseparable.

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