stunts dont help GOP
had a revelation this Sunday. While looking at the headlines
I realized that the Republican Party (which Im
a card-carrying member of) has crazy morons in it, too.
I know, shocking.
The nutty folks in this instance are from Roger Williams
University in Rhode Island. The College Republicans
there set up a small scholarship of what has grown to
$250, available exclusively to white students. The application
requires an essay about why the applicant is proud of
their white heritage. You must also include
a picture to confirm your whiteness.
Cute. Really cute fellas.
The idea is to parody the abundance of scholarships
set aside for ethnic minorities instead of solely on
merit or need. Its a rehash of the time-tried
reverse discrimination argument which theorizes
that policies which give minorities a leg up take the
majority (i.e. white guys) a step down.
I agree with the sentiment, but my problem is with the
methodology. Taking out a full-page ad in the student
newspaper and putting the phrase, Evidence of
bleaching will disqualify applicants, in the application
is crossing the line. That line being between calm,
coherent protest and inciting controversy for controversys
Its the kind of stunt Id expect from a Democrat
in Seattle wearing a chicken suit to protest Chinas
entry into the World Trade Organization. I still dont
know why its a chicken suit. I can only assume
the guy came straight from his job at the local Chic-fil-A.
Pulling stunts like this weakens our position on the
issue, my fellow GOPers. You just make it easier for
the people who make decisions on this policy to ignore
our side. The only people against this are right-wing
radicals, is not the type of sentiment you want
Case in point, the administration at Roger Williams
is distancing themselves from the organization as much
as possible. The College Republicans there wont
be able to get within 100 feet of someone in charge
until the controversy dies down. You can be sure that
any respectable group will use the exact same tactic
when asked about the appropriateness of race-exclusive
Next time, it might be better to, oh, I dont know,
use reason to get people over to your side. Write a
letter to the editor of any local newspaper. Talk to
your congressman, bring up the question to school officials.
A better high-profile protest would be to have one of
your white members apply for a minority scholarship.
Odds are you have one guy in your ranks who could win
it. When they take back their offer after finding out
the applicants white, well, then you can find
a lawyer looking for national exposure willing to take
your case pro bono. It may still be a stunt, but it
will be a stunt with the purpose and goal of getting
the policy reviewed by a judge in a court other than
the one of public opinion.
Just remember how Affirmative Actions quota system
was repealed and how the point system in the University
of Michigan law school got a serious look-over. If you
actually want to accomplish something (and I dont
know if you really do) take the time to do it right.
Jennings is a junior economics major from Melbourne,