This is going to be a touchy blog post. I won’t have written it properly if it doesn’t push some buttons.
If you are going to be offended by anything in the title, I suggest you stop reading. Go ahead, accuse me of discrimination based on sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or home life. I’m not discriminating I’m letting you know that your rights are protected at the cost of mine.
I’m a victim of discrimination based on none of the above.
Here in America, we protect every living breathing stereotype (not breathing? we protect your right to be a vegetable too). You constantly see the media referencing people being bullied because they are different [ don’t agree or promote bullying, I think it’s good that we take drastic measures to stop it]. When applying for a job, there is an Equal Opportunity Clause to protect you. When applying to a college, unless it is gender specific, the same rules apply.
But what about the people that were “blessed” with a situation that doesn’t put them in a protected category?
I am straight. I am white. I am middle class. I have married parents. I am a dying breed.
And the same way some minorities claim that when you look at them, all you are seeing is their race: I am here to say that I am sick and tired of you looking at me and only seeing the above facts about me.
I have a 3.92 GPA. I work 25 hours a week. I take 23 credits total at 2 separate colleges. I work my ass off.
I’m not claiming that there are gay people, minorities, poor people, divorced people, or people with money that aren’t working just as hard. I am claiming that people with those “conditions” and work ethic are being given an advantage for the wrong reasons.
There is a list of minorities, gay people, and poor people that get employed and into jobs first. There are spots open to them, that the white straight middle class married parent people like myself can’t touch.
I was accepted to LIM college today in Manhattan, and along with my YOU’RE IN folder was a big ole fuck you for being white, straight, middle class, and having married parents. I got into the school, like LIM said, but that $3,000 scholarship on a $56,000 school certainly is not going to cut it.
And if I were black, gay, poor, and had divorced parents this wouldn’t be an issue.
I don’t think it’s fair, that I am practically over qualified to attend this school, yet won’t get the chance. The acceptance rate at LIM is 73% according to College Board. Also according to College Board, I am in the top 11% of applicants.
According to those statistics I should not have an issue going LIM. But what people don’t realize is I am not just a statistic. I am a person. I worked hard and I am infuriated.
I went through high school under the impression that hard work gets you places, so working hard is what I did. I remember people joking saying “Well, nerds will be your boss some day” and that was motivation. But those chances of being somebody’s boss significantly decrease when you find out that you can’t go to college.
In America, we claim that we are trying to give everyone regardless of race, sexual orientation, marital, or socioeconomic status a chance to succeed. As time has progressed, success has entailed college, but college isn’t for the white straight middle class married people anymore.
We’ve become the enemy. We can’t claim that we didn’t get in though. That’s their trick. I got in.
I just can’t afford to go.