Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dear Abigail Fisher: You Prove that White Privilege is a Double-Edged Sword

Dear Abigail Fisher:

You are a prime example of how White privilege is a double-edged sword. On one end, White privilege allowed you to have a suburban life valued at $114,619/year in household income in Sugar Land, Texas. White privilege allowed you to go to an all-around decent school system, rated 7-10 from elementary to high school. White privilege gave you resources to enable you to become an accomplished cellist. 

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On the other hand, White privilege is like a Western-style mother. White privilege spoiled you from infancy to adulthood. When you screamed and slammed your fists on the kitchen table demanding a chocolate chip cookie from the cookie jar, even after running around the house in your mud-filled shoes from your afternoon fun, mommy swiftly told you to help yourself instead of disciplining you for creating a dirty playhouse out of your home. White privilege gave you a plate of Breyer's strawberry ice cream even after you missed cello practice. In effect, White privilege spoiled you and made you feel entitled. This sense of entitlement disturbs your psychological health when results do not favor you. Your psyche takes a punch, your heart cringes, and you sense defeat.

But because of your feeling of entitlement, you felt that the University of Texas at Austin owed you a Letter of Acceptance. 

You didn't get accepted into UT because you earned a 3.59 GPA. That was not sufficient to qualify you for the 10% Rule, which guaranteed admissions to the top 10% of students in your graduating class. Your 1180 SAT score was average compared to the old 1600 perfect score. And let's not compare that 1180 to the current 2400 perfect score. Other than your not-so-stellar academic achievements, you were President of the Cello Club, and you volunteer here and there. Was that all you were working with when you applied to UT? 

Then what in Bevo's hell do you think you should have been granted admission to UT?! 92% of UT's admissions process is dominated by the 10% Rule. You were considered with the rest of the applicants via the 8% admissions process, which is highly competitive. The applicant pool you were competing against included 841 applicants, with ONLY 47 applicants who had PAI/AI scores lower than yours. That means you ranked at probably no higher than the 5th percentile of the applicant pool. And of the 47 applicants with lower scores than you, 42 were white. WHITE. WHITE. And WHITE. And let's be clear: 168 applicants of non-white status had higher scores than you...and they were rejected! Your case is merit-less.

So, let's get this straight. You didn't work hard enough to score a 3.9 GPA. You didn't study hard enough to test higher than a 1500 on the old SATs. You didn't organize an orchestra to complement the holiday caroling in December. Basically, you were too lazy, too privileged, and too entitled to put yourself in that 10% pool to GUARANTEE yourself a spot at UT. 

So, don't go blaming minorities, ESPECIALLY Black folks, for your misfortunes. People of color had NOTHING to do with your rejection.

Oh, and one other thing. It's been 7 years since your failure. It takes 4 years to complete a finance degree. What happened with the other 3 years? Instead of race-baiting and race-blaming, what about using those 3 years to PROVE UT wrong in their decision?

Stop feeling butt-hurt. Quit throwing temper tantrums. You're old enough to get wasted. Take your failure, learn from it, and make a name for yourself. Just not the name you currently have amassed.

Good luck.

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