#27 BOAZ - My kids were raised in a definitely lower-class home. There was NO spare change for nice things. Hell, while the kids were living at home, we could not afford to own and operate a car, even a ----------. However, there were always books from the Public Library, clean albeit not fashionable clothes, food, and Internet. The girls are now lifelong bibliophiles, college graduates (work, grants, and scholarships), gainfully employed, and not living at home.
Boaz is so wrapped up in privilege, he's not aware of it as a force in his life. It is not unlike being aware of your skin or air.
#28 | POSTED BY JOHN47 AT 2018-09-06 08:58 AM | REPLY
And yet, Boaz isn't white. Yet here we are talking about privilege, affluence, as though it were racially caused. Correlation is not causation. I'm liberal as hell, yet against the current left's constant race-baiting. Boaz and I would flat out disagree on how much assistance I believe ALL our economically underprivileged should be receiving, yet he and I are going to agree on both calling everything to do with economics racism and affirmative action.
Affirmative action doesn't just leave out people who have the double misfortune of being born the wrong color, it has the potential to turn them racist. They see others getting the assistance they need as well, yet are denied - and no amount of education about our nation's past is going to take that sting away, or the propensity for blame. It also delegitimizes any achievement made by people of color, as no matter how great their achievements, how professional and competent they are, to some they will always be the quota hire.
You do away with it all if you just means test people for assistance. Especially in education.
Likewise, you delegitimize arguments for improving school quality like this when bringing race into it. Demonizing people for being racist for not "taking one for the team," for keeping their kids in failing systems rather than offering them the best they can? Wrong damn target! Maybe it's time to look at doing away with funding every school based on local economic demographics and pool the money, equalize the funding and opportunity no matter the local. Then, hey - if parents still want to send their children to private schools, more power to them - but don't give them write-offs or credits for this, paying for the education of the future generation is an investment we as a society have to make.