Monday, July 14, 2008

#6 Scholarships

(A JAM C) If you're biracial, and you disagree with every post so far, you would be crazy to disagree with this one.  Scholarships are awesome, and MB&W high schoolers benefit from a whole array of offers.  I didn't exactly have an outstanding GPA in high school (it wasn't that bad either), but it got to the point where I had to turn down a couple of things because I already had a full ride to college.

I once got an offer to a historically black scholarship program called the "Beautillion Millitaire."  It was a pretty big deal, and I was told that I could get anywhere between $3000 and $10,000 worth of scholarships depending on how much effort I put in to the program.  I remember going and checking it out with my mom.  It seemed like a really cool program, and I also found out that I was going to learn how to do a sweet dance with some canes.  I was all for it, but then my mom and step dad pulled me aside a couple of days later, and said to me "you realize you don't need this right?"  They were right, I didn't need it.

Now, the two scholarships that I got were not race related scholarships, but you never know.  Maybe there was some influence.

With all of that being said, I can't say that I am all for minorities having such an advantage when it comes to receiving scholarships.  I'm definitely not all against it, because of the fact that the white majority typically comes from a wealthier home situation, but I can't stop thinking about the children from white homes that are just as poor as everybody else.  They're being completely ignored, and nobody really cares about them... in the words of Chris Rock, "you're white, smile!"  So what, we're telling them is that they'll be fine, and they have no excuse for not making it, because they're white.

My stepfather tried to get me to go to grad school at a top tier school, and his main point in recruiting me was that they would just throw money at me to come to their school.  Not because I'm smart or because I have potential, but because I'm black.  There's something wrong with that.  But hey, somebody needs to pay us back for the centuries of slavery that our ancestors went through... yeah, or something like that.

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