Now I ain’t sayin’ I’m racist but them politicians ain’t messin’ with my college app. Read on girl, go head, read on.
A new law proposed in California would be a huge step backward for our educational system by injecting racism into the college admission process. This law would repeal Proposition 209 by allowing California colleges to use race as a deciding factor when poring through college applications. The result? The supposed Asian majority within California universities would decrease from 36% to 13% and other minorities would get a leg up. Moreover, SAT scores would be affected by this new law in that all Asian students stand to lose 140 points on their current SAT score, and all minority students could potentially gain 360 points. The purpose of the SAT was to act as an equalizer of sorts, to enable colleges to compare students of varied backgrounds and academic careers using just one measuring stick: the SAT test. While the strength of a GPA can fluctuate, depending on the competitiveness of the school and the number of AP courses offered, a student in Alabama will take the same SAT as a student in Texas. What’s being measured then is a student’s scholastic aptitude, independent of their academic achievement in school. And that’s the way it should be.
Proponents of the law argue that minorities such as African Americans, Native Americans, and Mexicans, need that extra academic boost. Looking at Senator Hernandez’s speech which espoused this very amendment, it’s rather easy to get caught up in the political jargon and self-aggrandizing language. With a little bit of mental surgery, though, you quickly realize that concealed under the layers of gilded prose is a rather racist assumption. In layman’s terms, he assumes that the aforementioned minority groups lack the hard work and dedication necessary to excel in school, and thus require state intervention. Therefore, the very basis of this law, which is intended to counteract racism, is built upon racism.
This month, let’s take a step back and reexamine the proposition. Let’s recognize that the first step in destroying inequality is not by building up new walls but by tearing old ones down, a difference that the proposition fails to recognize. Building up new walls is insisting that minority groups require preferential treatment, that they still occupy lower social tiers than Asians and Caucasians. Building up new walls inadvertently opens festering social wounds that will only propagate racial separatism. Tearing down old walls is fighting inequality at the cultural level by instilling values of hard work and motivation into these minority groups, by assuring them that they have as much of a right to succeed as a Caucasian student. It begins with making sure that every school in California has enough books, enough computers, enough supplies, to service the student body.
This March, let’s come together and tear down old walls. When the walls of an older, more unequal, society lay in dust-when the last vestiges of racism are gone-then together, finally, we can achieve equal education.
Now I ain’t sayin’ I’m a dreamer, but them racists ain’t messin’ with our future.