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A Personal Look at Racial Preferences
by Bobby Eberle, GOPUSA.com
16 February 2003
Encounters with affirmative action from someone who is half-white and half-hispanic.
As I listened to President Bush's remarks on national
television regarding the
Throughout my life, I have seen firsthand what racial preferences can do and how they affect individuals and families. No, I haven't been oppressed or "kept down" by "the man," but as someone who is half Hispanic, I have nonetheless seen and felt the emotional and literal effects of judging people by race.
Even early in my childhood, my sisters and I were taught
that in order to
Of course, one of my first introductions to the fact
that race matters was the
I chose White, not because I'm anti-Hispanic -- which
I'm not. If that were the
In the last semester of high school, I remember gathering
for our Awards
For a while, it was an enjoyable gathering as my peers
(fellow "smart kids")
During the summer following my freshman year of college, I went with my mom to visit my grandmother. At the time, my grandmother, Isabel Perez, was a housekeeper for a rancher and his wife in a small Texas town. I was standing next to my grandmother as she told her employer how proud she was that I was going to college and was going to be an engineer. The woman's response was, "That's nice, but I'm sure he got in because he's Mexican."
I couldn't believe it! I could feel my face start to
tighten and my fists clench
Why someone would want to get rewarded for being of a particular race, I'll never know. What I do know is that the practice of racial preferences must come to an end.
America cannot end discrimination by discriminating;
we cannot yearn for a
There is hope for America to get beyond the racial issue,
but it will take some
Bobby Eberle is President and CEO of GOPUSA (www.GOPUSA.com), a news, information, and commentary company based in Houston, TX. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Rice University.