Imagine applying for admission to your ideal university or for that perfect job, only to be turned away because someone lacking your work ethic, skills or intelligence is given your spot because of their skin pigmentation.
An injustice exists whenever a person, based solely on their race, is privileged with college admission or employment over and against a more qualified person. And yet, this continues to be the U.S. norm.
Meritocracy may be the ideal, but the reality is that our social structures, whether they be in education, employment or ecclesial contexts are not race neutral – and they never have been.
This institutionalized violence, which prioritizes whiteness, has been the legitimized and normalized reality since the founding of this nation. White affirmative action has facilitated the advancement of euroamericans at the expense of communities of color, regardless of their abilities.
And yet, when communities of color seek to create a level playing field by calling for the dismantling of white affirmative action, they are gaslit into believing it is gaming the system, asking for special treatment.
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