You invited me to the Wharton Latino Career Conference, but I didn’t come. You invited me to the Minority Internship Panel and the Minority Internship Fair, but I didn’t come. You invited me to an Info Session for students of color, but still I did not come. You even told me of an internship opportunity for Iranian-Americans. I didn’t even know those existed! The point remains though: I did not come.
I have to ask, Aileen: what amalgamation of races did you think I was all this time? Might it have crossed your mind that I was just white, like the vast majority (65 percent) of last year’s incoming class?
I’m not going to enter into a debate over affirmative action here -- I do not want to burden your soul with such political nonsense. Regardless, there is no reason to do so: this is not, and should not, be cast in the light of, an affirmative action issue. This is not a question of opportunities – we are all here at Penn and now have the same prospects for the future, regardless of what came before – this is a question of entitlements. There is no need to single out races and treat students like checkboxes. The point of having a diverse campus is so we don’t have to think about ourselves in terms of race. (emphasis added--Darren)
Another hat tip to John at Discriminations (see blogroll at left).