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BU College Republicans mock race preferences November 22, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in affirmative action, African-American, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Diversity, Latino, reverse racism.

Drawing attention to what they call “the worst form of bigotry confronting America today” Boston University’s College Republicans are offering a “Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship” as a mocking assault on racial preferences.

Applicants must submit two essays: one describing their ancestry and another describing “what it means to you to be a Caucasian-American today.”

The $250 scholarship also requires applicants to be at least 25 percent Caucasian.

BUCR President Joe Mroszczyk, a senior from Danvers, said the last requirement and the essays are based on prerequisites for the National Hispanic Recognition Scholarship.

“We think it’s silly to quantify race like that, just as it’s silly to give any scholarship based on race,” said Mroszczyk, a political science and history major. “We don’t think racial preferences are good or have a place on a college campus.”

In a statement, Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore said he encourages debate, but questions the College Republicans’ approach.

“Our goal is to try to increase diversity on the campus, and that usually means diversity from an ethnic and racial standpoint,” Elmore said. “This scholarship does not further that goal.”

David Coreas, a 21-year-old senior who is president of the Latino fraternity Phi Iota Alpha, said, “I think what (BUCR) needs to understand is that one of the main reasons there are culturally based scholarships is because certain groups are more likely to come from low-income backgrounds. The reason there are scholarships for Latinos is because the majority are poor.”

Ronald K. Richardson, director of BU’s African-American Studies Program, called the scholarship “silly” and “divisive,” but said he plans to invite the College Republicans to a forum next semester on affirmative action.

“I think an open discussion would be helpful,” Richardson said. “The reason we need affirmative action is because the black population was subject to systematic oppression.

“But we want this program to be a place where people can find common ground,” Richardson said.

C.a.r.d Source: Boston Herald

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