Thursday, April 9, 2009

Two For Thursday

Allow me to introduce you to today's guest blogger, my beautiful wife of 23 years, Mrs. DaBlade. Mess with mama lion's cubs at your own risk! :)

I am employed at our local Catholic high school. One of my daily responsibilites is to update our student bulletin. This bulletin has information that keeps our students up to date on any pre-college programs along with all of the activities offered in the school. I usually don't read everything line by line however, our middle son is a junior at this high school and is therefore looking into colleges. As I was updating the different dates, I happen to read about a 5 week summer program offered by Kettering University if Flint. Now this is a school that we visited last fall with our son and is on his potential list. We were really impressed with their engineering programs and especially their co-op opportunity. The student goes to school for 13 weeks and then is employed with a participating company for 12 weeks. This is a great way for students to gain work experience and also earn an income while earning their degree. So when I read in our student bulletin that Kettering is offering a 5 week summer program for 11th grade students with a 3.0 GPA interested in science, math and engineering I thought this would be great opportunity for our son to experience this university. However, as I read the requirements I realized he didn't qualify. This is what it read,

"Juniors: Kettering University in Flint will hold the AIM program for African American, Hispanic and Native American students for 5 weeks this summer. This program seeks students with at least a 3.0 GPA and are interested in engineering, who have a strong interest in math and science. More info and application available in the guidance office, application deadline is April 20."

I thought to myself that this had to be a mistake they just forgot to put the W in front of the A or after the M. How could they be so discriminating? So, I made a phone call. The woman on the other end of the phone was very pleasant. I began by telling her that I have a son who happens to be a junior and he visited Kettering last fall. I told her that he is interested in attending a pre-college program. She said "Great let me look up some of the different programs we offer." I told her that I read about the AIM program in our student bulletin and wondered if a white male with a 4.0 GPA could attend. She became a little nervous and said well let's look at the requirements for that one. After she realized he wasn't qualified for that one, she let me look at some of the other programs we have. As she glanced at the "other programs" she began quickly going over the descriptions aloud. "Well here's one, no that is for women, Oh here's one, no that is for minorities. At this time I said, "you mean to tell me you have nothing for a blue-eyed, blonde-haired white, male with at 4.0 GPA?" She then told me I wasn't the first parent to ask that and it appears that the pedulum has swung to the other side. I said call it what it is, reverse discrimination.

I then asked to talk to her boss. She transferred me and I received a voice mail. I left a message with my phone number along with a brief description of what I wanted. About two hours later I received a phone call. He said he was returning my call and he understood that I was looking for a "free" summer program. I then told him that I didn't call about a "free program", that I called inquiring about a summer program for white males with a 4.0 GPA. He said "Oh yes we have one!" I then asked what the requirements were. He told I would have to go on their website and type into the search box "pre-college programs" and it would then direct me to the different programs offered. I pushed a little more for some explaination and after realizing that he didn't want to discuss it I agreed to look it up on the website. I quickly realized why he didn't want to discuss it with me. The program he was talking about is a 5 day program offered to 9th-12th grade students with a cost of $150.00. The AIM program was 5 weeks and guess what it is FREE.

After thinking about this situation I have come to the conclusion that my son is at a big disadvantage. It really doesn't matter how hard he works in high school to get ahead. He is not only the wrong color he is also the wrong sex. This university had many programs offered to women and minorities and he is only able to apply to one. All I want for my kids is a fair chance. I have always told them that if they work hard they will be rewarded. I don't believe that is true anymore. The students that are being rewarded are the one's that happen to be the right sex or nationality. By trying to make things fair society has made it impossible for some of us to be rewarded for old fashion hard work.

11 comments:

DaBlade said...

I'm with you on that, wife #1. This is no sane person's interpretation of Dr. King's dream. More like a twisted liberal nightmare.

Ask Mrs. DaBlade her thoughts on the whole Notre Dame/Obamabortionist controversy. We make quite a pair! We just about cleared our bleacher section at last night's Lacrosse game :)

Shang said...

Believe it or not I experienced the same discrimination back in the Late 70's while working at General (Government) Motors in the hourly ranks. I had finished my Bachelors degree while working full time. After graduation, I attempted to apply for a salaried supervisory position and was told (off the record of course) that I was the wrong color and the wrong sex. This is not reverse discrimination. It is discrimination. Period. The only racial cowards are black. Without discrimination all blacks would have to work in order to "get ahead".

I used to root for Notre Dame simply because it was a Catholic school. I shall never root for them again if they go through with the Obama travesty.

Shang
Luke M. Powers High School
Class of 1971
Yeah, the first class!

RightKlik said...

Paraphrasing Waylon Jennings: "Mamas don't let your babies group to be whiteboys."

Chuck said...

This is one of the reasons I left the Flint area. Obviously this goes on everywhere but it is worse in Flint IMHO. I would get on my soapbox and say they should be sued but it would be in federal court and with an Affirmative Action President running the federal government, how far would you get?

BTW, nice to meet Ms DaBlade, nice post :-)

Ananda girl said...

I agree with Shang... there is only discrimination happening here. Unfortunately, it's an approved discrimination.

It urks me that people assume all minorities are poor and all whites are wealthy enough to foot the bill...with unemployment so high and the economy in the gutter. I don't think that is true at all.

I'm sorry your son had this lesson to learn. This is the example we are setting for him? Yikes!

Linda Goossen said...

My two sons, white, middle class, were both discriminated against when it came to scholarships, etc. However, they have both gone to school without extra financial help, and done it on their own. If they had been black, it would have been different.

I agree, it is the blacks who need help because they don't know how to pay their own way. It is by working.

We also feel that the only ones crying race discrimination are the blacks.

PIC-PIC said...

I say "doll" the young lad up in eye make up, bleach his hair six different colors and have him don some tight shorts. Then march him down to the college and demand to know what free programs are available for Gays! There has to be some!!!

DaBlade said...

shang- Mrs. DaBlade took a half day of work so she could pick up our son who is just finishing his sophomore year at ND. I knew there were protests on campus today and half expected her to find a camera and microphone while she was there. Alas, no, she said she never even got out of the car. She no sooner pulled in to Keenan's parking lot and #1 son jumped in with his dirty laundry. Notre Dame laundry will need the extra bleach.
RK- Thing is, the middle boy who is the subject of his mom's post THINKS he was born a black child. I guess that doesn't count.
Chuck- I'm not leaving Flint until everyone agrees with me (which is a distinct possibility if everyone keeps leaving)
AG- stereotypes never work. It is sad they are perpetuated by the left.
LG- Sounds like your two sons succeeded due to the content of the character, despite the obstacles thrown at them because of the color of their skin.
Pic Pic- Boy that takes me back to my college days! :)

Anonymous said...

I've just received word that I've been accepted into the AIM program and yes I am a minority (part Native American (Lumbee tribe) and part African American) woman. The fact of the matter is there will be different opportunities for all races. Of course it will be seen as discrimination to the opposing race but one must get over it. Im not complaining about a full scholarship offered in my state where the applicant has to be blond haired and blue eyed which is typically characterstics of caucasians. So please lay off this opportunities for minorities. If it was in your favor I think it's fair to say you wouldn't be complaining.

DaBlade said...

Congrats anonymous. I wish you much success. As for this fabrication...

The fact of the matter is there will be different opportunities for all races. Im not complaining about a full scholarship offered in my state where the applicant has to be blond haired and blue eyed.Please. Now you're embarrassing yourself. Your statement that "If it was in your favor I think it's fair to say you wouldn't be complaining," is wholly inaccurate also, as we are believers in Doctor King's dream. Content of character and all.

Linda said...

Thanks for your comment DB. Now you need to address uptownsteve on the Conservativeblackwoman blog.

Discrimination is never going to end as long as the media, et al, stop making the distinction in colors. The prime example is continuing to call our president the 'African American' president. Can't he just be called the President?