Either Way

RECEIVED Wed., Dec. 16, 2015

Dear Editor,
    If people refuse to accept the possibility of your intelligence, does that make you stupid? Abigail Fisher and her family – confirmed white supremacists indeed – are posing the question about whether race should make an appearance in admissions. Many folks consider class to be more important than race, but fail to understand studies that demonstrate that white people with no degrees fare better than people of color with degrees from competitive universities. Many people think getting excited over people of color as entertainment excuses the hiring of those expected entertainers for anything other than the most menial of tasks. City activities designed for "outreach" only seem to reach the same older, wealthier, and whiter audiences in "safe" locations. Patients refuse to see health care practitioners of color, and many STEM graduates have problems getting entry-level positions even though certain jobs are in high need. We have Supreme Court justices and presidential candidates – both present and past – who believe that certain people of color are inherently worthless. Again, if people refuse to accept the possibility of your intelligence, does that make you stupid? The truth is that after a while, it doesn't matter; society has decided that you are stupid, and you have to live with it.
Stephanie Webb
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