Christine Flowers writes:
Donald Trump is not an evil man. But his undistilled, uncensored thoughts are poisonous, not because of how they make us think, but because they stop us from thinking at all.
I for one intend to stop paying attention.
I’ve stopped paying attention to Trump a long time ago when he took out that New York Times full page ad accusing the Central Park Five of rape. Why anyone is paying attention to him after his Mexican drug dealer rapist comments baffles me.
Trump is worse than a cyber bully because his bulliness encompasses all media. No matter how hard you try, his hair piece shows up everywhere. The only recourse is to turn it off, look the other way, or put your fingers in your ears and say Na-Na-Na-Na-Na really loud.
And then there’s Judge Scalia:
“it does not benefit African Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a less — a slower-track school where they do well.”
Honestly, I get where the judge is coming from. But, damn, as a Supreme Court judge, I’d expect him to choose his words a lot better than this.
Regardless of race, a student should seek a school that matches his intellect and preparedness. Only a few students can expect to compete at the nations best colleges if they come out of the worse secondary schools. There are exceptions who will rise to the occasion and turn it up a notch or two if they find themselves scholastically challenged, but far more will end up as failures, or at best, at the bottom of their class.
So, if I may help the judge, here’s how I would have worded his statement:
“it does not benefit any student to attend any university where their chances of success is slim. They risk failure, a hit to their self esteem, and could potentially discourage them from education altogether. It’s critical that secondary schools counsel students to match their college selections to colleges they are suited for academically. Once they gain confidence in their ability to complete at a college level, applying and transferring to a better school with a more rigorous curriculum would be advised.”
Affirmative Action is well intended but often times it’s abused by people like this white student trying to get into U of T. Instead of trying to get rid of Affirmative Action, lets put some teeth into doing what it was intended to do, to bring more racial balance in areas where there is little or none. But, don’t put someone in a situation you know they’re likely to fail.
Balancing Affirmative Action should be a national initiative.