I’m going to provide you with a description of a college scholarship fund. I want you to ask yourself if this should be challenged in court for being racist and/or sexist. Here it is:
AWG Minority Scholarship
This new program encourages young white men to pursue an education and later a career in the geosciences. It provides financial aid and matches the student with a mentor in the same field who will offer guidance and support. This exchange will enhance the student’s experience and provide a view of the world ahead.
Applicants must be:
* A man who is White/Caucasian
* A full-time student who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in the geosciences (geology, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrology, meteorology, physical oceanography, planetary geology, or earth science education) at an accredited college or university
* A contributor to the larger world community through her academic and personal strengths
OK. So is that racist and/or sexist? Well, you probably said yes. I did too. Now go ahead and take all instances of the words “white” or “Caucasian”, and replace it with “minority”, “African-American”, “Hispanic”, and “Native American”. Also, take all instances of the “man” and replace it with “woman”. Tell me. Is this still racist and/or sexist? Because THAT IS A REAL SCHOLARSHIP.
You can view the description here. It’s fucking bullshit that anybody can be automatically given a leg up or leg down on competition based solely on race and gender. Why is OK when it’s minorities and women, but it’s not OK if it’s whites and men? It’s absolutely hypocritical. I’m no expert on the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But I’m pretty sure he would have called this unfair and discriminatory.