Sunday, February 15, 2004


Read this article earlier, which started with:

"A student group at Roger Williams University is offering a new scholarship for which only white students are eligible, a move they say is designed to protest affirmative action.

The application for the $50 award requires an essay on "why you are proud of your white heritage" and a recent picture to 'confirm whiteness.'"

Fair enough. It's their money, so they should set the criteria to their liking.

"Jason Mattera, 20, who is president of the College Republicans, said the group is parodying minority scholarships.

'White kids are at a handicap,' Mattera told The Providence Journal. 'Handing out scholarships based on someone's color is absurd.'"

Ok. I disagree with him, but he does raise an issue that's worth debating.

"Mattera, who is of Puerto Rican descent, is himself is a recipient of a $5,000 scholarship open only to a minority group.

'No matter what my ethnicity is, I'm making a statement that scholarships should be given out based on merit and need,' he said."

WHAT?!?! He is of course totally entitled to his opinions, but it seems hypocritical for him to be benefitting from the "absurd" system that he is fighting against. The phrase "biting the hand that feeds you" comes to mind.