Affirmative action is racist


In response to Jay Richards’ fallacious arguments (“Improve educational opportunities for all to promote equality: We need to expand, not contract, affirmative action,” Feb. 28), it amazes me that Richards could use the terms “equality” and “affirmative ?action” in the same sentence. They are exact opposites!

Martin Luther King Jr. famously dreamt of the day when his children would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. You liberals heard his speech, and you thought to yourself, “That’s right! We should judge people solely by the color of their skin without taking any other facts into consideration!”

No! That is not what he said! The problem with affirmative action is that the only factor it considers is the color of a person’s skin. It is pure, 100 percent racism. Richards defends his ignorant remarks by telling us the sad story of slavery, and how even today, blacks are poorer than whites.

Well, Oprah Winfrey isn’t poorer than me! And she was never a slave! You cannot use poverty to justify affirmative action because affirmative action does not take into account the amount of money a person has.

If Oprah and I were applying to the same school, she would automatically have an advantage over me because of the color of her skin-something that neither ?of us can control, and something for which neither of us should be punished. Now, if she were also gay, then I wouldn’t have a chance!

Kellen Wilson?Junior, Finance and Spanish