That wasn’t even a line, that was from my brain.
- Jordan Gavaris on “Fetch me something gay!” (via i-effed-it-all-up)
I wrote this whole huge long thing about racism and the disparity of wealth in top universities, but I thought this paragraph summed it up pretty nicely:
We, people of color, work so hard to get into top universities. We slave away taking 23 APs in high school, exhausting ourselves with extracurricular activities, sports, and working jobs to support lower income families; we have to prove to colleges that we are excellent, not just good. And yet once we have surpassed the inherently racist admissions system we are stigmatized by white peers for proving our excellence. So many white students at top universities seem to have barely batted an eye to get in. I’m not saying that they’re not smart - yes, of course, you have to be good at academics to get into a top university. But for wealthy white people, good is all you have to be.
And if you haven’t seen I, Too, Am Harvard, you should.