Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Texas State Students Honor Women's History Month By Offering Scholarship Exclusively To White Males

Drop everything, Women's History Month. Somewhere, a white male is underprivileged.

"I felt excluded," said Colby Bohannan, a Texas State University student. "If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?"

From the Austin American Statesmen: Bohannan, a mass communication major and Iraq war veteran, and others formed the Former Majority Association for Equality — a San Marcos-based nonprofit group that is offering five $500 scholarships exclusively to white male students. Bohannan, the group's president, said the name comes from the idea that "if you're not a male, and if you're not white, you're called a minority." However, he said, "I'm not sure white males are the majority anymore."

Recent U.S. census data indicate Bohannan is right, at least in Texas, where Hispanics accounted for two-thirds of the population growth over the past decade and where non-Hispanic whites now make up about 45 percent of residents. But how many of those Hispanics are actually competing with Bohannan at Texas State? It's hard to tell, since Texas State includes Hispanics in it's "white" population.

Demographics – Main Campus

Population – African American 2.986

Population – Asian 735

Population – Pacific Islander 108

Population – American Indian/Alaskan Native 642

Population – White (including Hispanic) 38,139

Population – Other 10,442

Because this is what happens when white people get close to becoming the minority - Whites become inclusive, change the rhetoric, or shift the status in order to allow more people into the group. It happened before with Eastern Europeans or the Irish in early 20th century America. Next will be Hispanics.

But I digress. This 501(c)3 nonprofit (!!!) was formally incorporated with the state today. The Statesmen reports that the group hasn't received any applications. Bohannan said the group is raising money — as of Monday , the group had raised $485, according to its website — and that he hopes to award scholarships by July 4. The money can be used to go to any college, not just Texas State, Bohannan said. Applicants need to be at least 25 percent Caucasian, have a GPA exceeding 3.0 and demonstrate financial need. Bohannan said his group is not taking any stance for or against affirmative action.

"There's a scholarship out there for just about any demographic, except this one," Lake said. "We realize it's for good reason — this is a touchy subject. It's time in our society to look at the way our culture views race. It's time to give everyone an equal shot."

Uh, Bohannan? The rest of the country has already done that - it's called Affirmative Action. You know, helping people who don't start out with an equal shot? Those who don't have the advantage of being white and male? "White Privilege" goes beyond this silly scholarship and is based on white culture as the "norm" - forcing society to conform to Caucasian and patriarchal standards, particularly in schools, which have been districted and gerrymandered according to property taxes and are disproportionately advantageous to white people (who traditionally earn more, live in more prosperous areas, and pay higher taxes to better public schools, and have a history of patriarchy reinforcing their norms). Doesn't Bohannan realize that in the mere act of being born white and male, he won the lottery in this society?

What about women in education? Don't they also need some help? Ladies are killing it in school. According to the Women in America report compiled and by the White House and released today, more women are attaining higher education compared to males than at any other time in history.

Yet somehow, women are still earning considerably less, despite their qualifications.

Perhaps Bohannan could contribute that $500 to any woman working in the same job position he is when he graduates, who will undoubtedly be making less than he is.

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