Don't rock the boat in the stream of life
Published: Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 28, 2003 at 10:30 p.m.
A letter (Feb. 21) criticized Bill Maxwell's recent column about how African-Americans name their children. I think the letter writer missed the point.
Maxwell made reference to studies from two universities concerning job applications and the lack of response to applications from people with black-sounding names. He was just stating facts. It may not be right, but would you rather your kid have a job or a beautiful name?
It is the responsibility of parents to prepare their children for a good life. Society is not going to change, people have to change to get the most out of society.
The bottom line: Go along with society, get a good education, work hard to get in a good position, and then you have a chance to make progress in society.
The fact is that this world is full of prejudices. If a person is perceived as being different from what is considered "normal," they will experience more difficulties in life. A lot of times this difference can be offset by a positive attitude and hard work. Simply put, rowing your boat against the stream is not the way to make progress.
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