Affirmative Action

“I don’t believe in Affirmative Action.”

“What?”  Ms. Carter, one of my best advisers and history teacher, screeched when she heard me say those words.  “How can you say that?”

“I don’t want people to think I’m here to fill a quota or some other kind of requirement.  I worked hard to be here and Affirmative Action suggests that I have this opportunity simply because I’m Black.”

“That is not what Affirmative Action means.  Affirmative Action is a law that means people will look at your application.  For many years if it was known that an applicant was African-American no one would even look at the application.  No one is getting a job or into a school simply because they are Black.”

The longer I stayed at SPS the more I believed her.


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