Are We Perpetuating Discrimination?
This whole tiff has gotten me thinking about my own values. I’ve always been opposed to “equal opportunity”. This does not mean that I support or condone discrimination, however. It simply means that I don’t want race, gender, age, etc… to be a factor when determining whether I am qualified for something. I think it’s absurd that I should be considered more eligible based on race or gender than say a white male based on his skill or merit. On the other hand, I don’t feel that it’s tokenizing when the “majority” tries to promote minorities. I feel that in most instances it is indeed genuine. I guess that’s just my optimistic disposition because I tend to give people credit rather than be suspicious of others’ good will or intentions. What I think is sad is that the majority feels obligated to promote certain people based on their physical characteristics. I don’t want to advance through life because I have some sort of a running start given to me because of “white guilt”. I’m sure that because I grew up in the United States and I am fair skinned I may have a different perspective but it just seems that equal opportunity actually promotes discrimination. I love Dr. Isis and Samia because they are intelligent and witty (and sexy divas, too!) but not because they are simply women and minorities. I definitely feel that minorities that succeed should be acknowledged for their hard work and determination but to give them some sort of advantage to get where they’re going I think actually cheapens their hard work. So… hopefully I didn’t offend any of you with my previous post but that’s just the way I’ve always felt. Succeeding in the face of adversity is far more rewarding.
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