The Race Card

Everyone’s seen the race card, I’m sure, at some point in their life. Depending on who you are, you may have even used it yourself. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t get your way, you just whip that card out and hand it to them- like, violently. I mean, the reason you didn’t get what you wanted was all because of your cultural or ethnic background, right? This is the approach ABC News takes when they explain why we should factor race into admissions. The problem they see is that too many whites are being accepted into the highly selective colleges that are out there and that not enough minorities are being allowed into these schools.

Now before I go further, I just want to say that I believe that diversity in a society is necessary and that I think it’s great to see a society that openly embraces people from other cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It’s a giant leap from where we were 150 years ago. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the past 20 years. If anything, we’ve taken a big step backwards. We’ve now become a society of victims.

In a society that struggles to be on the fast track to diversity, this kind of attitude is understandable. Whether it be race, gender, or socio-economic status, we’ve managed to find a way to give anyone who isn’t a  wealthy male Caucasian a free pass through life. This act of sympathy towards those who are seen to be lower on the food chain is supposed to help tear down racial and cultural boundaries; but instead, it has only fortified and these walls and made them stronger. Its bred a vengeful, self-pitying generation that believes that they’ve been born disadvantaged. They have been taught to fight for their rights, and one thing’s for sure, they’ve been doing a lot of fighting. We’ve now gotten to the point where we select our leaders based on the color of their skin instead of the color of their character. Call me a racist and a bigot all you want, but that’s the truth.

Going to UCF, I noticed there was one group that there was a lot of other than whites: Asians. It’s a “minority” that doesn’t get a whole lot of attention. Why? Because their culture is centered around strong family values and hard work. It’s a culture that’s determined to go to college and add something to their family’s name. If anything, having a race card with their name on it would be an insult.

Colleges want to see students that are passionate and diligent in pursuing their aspirations. They want students to show them why they deserve that degree, showing them what they plan on doing with it. I’m going to be quite frank when I say that what they don’t want to see is students walk in and hand them a card, saying that they deserve a degree just because  they’re black and broke. I think the less attention we focus on race, the less of an issue it becomes in our daily lives.  I believe that the day when we finally decide to just toss the race card in the garbage where it belongs, that will be the day when race ceases to be an issue altogether and we’ll finally be able to move forward.