The world has been deprived of open letters as of late. But we have a hunch that the flood gates are about to open.
You may have heard about the Supreme Court’s 7-1 ruling on Monday to temporarily allow affirmative action programs to remain legal — for the time being. However, the court has signaled that affirmative action programs will undergo stricter reviews to determine that such programs there is a “real need” in order to diversify student populations. (Because obviously the fact that even in 2013 university demographics still don’t mimic the racial makeup of the general population hardly demonstrates the slightest hint of “real need.”)
Abigal Fisher set the ball rolling when she sued the University of Texas for rejecting her and she’s the recipient of this week’s first open letter, penned by Krystie Yandoli over at Jezebel.
Dear Abigail Fisher,
From one 23-year-old white female who got rejected from her dream college to another, I have to tell you, I think you’ve taken this whole thing a little too far. After turning your college rejection into a Supreme Court case and ultimately a national spectacle (see: Fisher v.University of Texas), and even after SCOTUS failed to make a final decision of their own on the matter, your continued, undying confidence in a twisted idea of “justice” is worrisome.I’m speaking from the perspective of someone who’s been in a similar situation to yours, but if we were in a Robert Frost poem we’d end up on very different roads.
Let me explain.
We have a few things in common. I, too, was rejected from my “dream school” during the college admission process. Then I was also able to attend another well-known four-year school that has given me ample professional opportunities of my choosing. Kind of like how even though you were rejected from UT, you went on to another good school and score a fancy financial analyst position post-grad.
See, there’s this thing called white privilege. You have it. I have it. Our parents have it. And it lessens the likelihood that we’ll experience any kind of deeply rooted inequalities and discrimination.White privilege means you have an automatic advantage over others because of culturally ingrained social norms. It means there are hierarchies and systems in place to ensure your ultimate success in the world. White privilege means if you don’t get into your “dream school,” you’ll still go on to graduate from another four-year college and find a better than average job in a crappy economy.It also means once you get to college, you won’t experience both obvious and subtle forms of racism on a regular basis.
Getting rejected from the college you want to go to sucks. But you know what that’s called? Life. You know what actually sucks? The intricacies of systemic racism that have plagued the United States for as long as it’s existed. So does being discriminated against on sight alone because you were born into a race of human beings that have been historically screwed and disadvantaged for as far back as we know.