Race and the college cheating scandal

Can we talk? As you may know, some high profile celebrities are involved in a college admissions scandal. Lori Loughlin aka Aunt Becky from Full House, her daughter, You Tube star, Olivia Jade, Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives fame and over forty others have been caught (on behalf of their children), cheating on the SAT’s, pretending to be Division I athletes, and donating large sums for admission to schools such as Yale, USC and Stanford to name a few. I’m not naïve enough to believe this hasn’t been going on for years. I know that George W was a C student, and wealth and legacy afford average students entry into prestigious universities. Ivy league schools traditionally only take about 3% of applicants. All of the legacies, the Trumps and your brilliant public school child go into the admission pool process. Regardless of whether or not your child deserved it more, it’s possible he or she will not be accepted in lieu of the family who can donate a new gym, or may be President one day. Yes, it’s an unfair process, but not a new one.

What’s really got my blood boiling is not the fact this has been going on for years. Are you kidding? I grew up in Manhattan, went to private school and saw it with my own eyes. I’m upset because there have been disgusting racist discussions about how black people and other minorities have unfairly taken away spots from white children, but never a discussion about white children, taking spots away from other white children. It’s way more comfortable to attack the black student who scored one point lower on the SATs, but had terrific grades and plays in the marching band. That’s the student who stole your child’s spot, not a Bush or a Trump or Aunt Becky’s kid. You’re not mad at them. You see, the anger has been so misplaced, affirmative action has been tainted and turned into a quota system instead of just a way to diversify and open up opportunities for all.

Newsflash folks, it’s the rich people who are “stealing” your spots. They’re giving the 500,000 donations, so their average children can go to USC. Where I might add, my brilliant sister attends and got there due to hard-ass work and talent. My sister is a success story, but then again to NOT accept her would have been the stupidest thing USC ever did. But, I digress. My sister deserves to be there, your daughter, Lori Loughlin does not.

The reason the FBI made an example of people like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman is because they’re expendable. Think Martha Stewart going to jail. The FBI wanted to show the world they’re doing something about this pay to play group. Yeah right. The upper crust will continue to benefit, while pointing the finger at people like my sister who “took” their kid’s spot. Nope, don’t even look at affirmative action. Your real problem is as simple as a look in the mirror.

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