We must consider minority students as equals

Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 10:50 p.m.

I was amused by Sun editorial writer Ron Cunningham's choice of words in the Jan. 17 editorial "Bush's weasel words." It is the editorial writer who, through carefully chosen words, tried to disguise his obvious desire to keep minorities "segregated."

Cunningham feels that minorities simply can not succeed on their own and should therefore be segregated into a lower class of citizens who require handouts and bonus points in order to compete against, who he feels, is the intellectually higher segregated group of white people like himself.

His attempt to lambast a system that rewards top scholars of every school in the state was pathetic.

Again, he denounces minorities by indicating that the top 10 percent of high-scoring minority students can not even compete with the lower-scoring white students.

He further believes that, rather than rewarding the students who excel at the lower income schools, the colleges and universities should lump them together and degrade and belittle them by awarding them extra bonus points based on their race rather than merit.

This ridiculous system sends a message to minority students that it is not necessary for them to strive to excel, because the government will not recognize or reward them for their achievements.

It also sends a clear message to minority children that they are not perceived as equals and they are not only encouraged but expected to rely on handouts from the government for the rest of their lives.

As a mother of two minority children, I have not yet decided how to break the news to them that the Constitution of the United States does not include them as equals.

Fortunately, for now at least, I can protect them from racists like Cunningham.

The Democrats apparently have not figured out that the gifted program in public schools only recognizes test scores and not race.

Although I can only expect the next editorial to read, "Minorities wrongly denied bonus points to raise IQ tests in elementary schools."

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