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Minorities: Misplaced Benefaction



     A major WAIS concern is the divisive ethnic hatreds in the United States. This announcement arouses our concern:

Gates launches $1B scholarship program
     The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will spend $50 million annually for 20 years to fund 1,000 college scholarships a year for black, Latino, Native American and other minority high schoolers wanting to study science and technology in college... http://www.pj.org/foundations/gates0920.cfm


     My comment: We all should want minority students to learn science and technology, which will bring them into the mainstream. Trying to avoid serious subjects by majoring in such things as chicano studies is a copout. The question is what is a minority: Chinese, Japanese, Indian? Apparently not. All minorities are equal, but some are more equal than others.
     Racial preferences in admission to colleges have brought a backlash and declared illegal, although there have been attempts to bring them through the backdoor. They are unfair, as are the Gates scholarships. Suppose a black and a white family with the same incomes are neighbors in an inner city. The children of the former would be eligible, those of the latter would not. Poor white children from Appalachia or the South would not be eligible, black ones would be. The carpetbaggers provoked the formation of the Ku Klux Klan. Here we go again! I hope the scholarship program is challenged in court.
     Perhaps some WAISer will forward this posting to the Gates Foundation. If a reply is forthcoming, please e-mail it to me. Thanks.

Ronald Hilton - 09/22/99


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