Posted: 6/12/2012 5:35:27 PM
Originally Posted by ClubDirt:
i'm going to make an assumption about scalabrine's position on this story and say that i agree with him.
i don't see a problem with a scholarship for which only black people can apply. obviously, there has been a long history of scholarships, college openings, etc. for which, in reality, only white people are eligible. if you believe the playing field has been, and continues to be, uneven for black people, as i do, then it's good that people are trying to help make it more even.
the only problem i see is that they should make it clear the scholarship is only for black people if that's the way it's intended.
Couldn't agree more.
There's an odd decision on this subject out of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. The case is called Podberesky, who, last name aside, was an Hispanic student at the University of Maryland. Mr. Podberesky challenged Maryland's Blacks-only Banniker Scholarship program - and won. I've never been able to understand how a school like Maryland, who affirmatively discriminated AGAINST Blacks for a century or so, was not permitted to try and rectify some of that by subsidizing certain deserving Black students. This is particularly true in light of the fact that UMCP grants an admissions edge (or did at that time) to children of alums, who, of course, would have to be under-represented in the Black community.