Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Assignment

I am a white male from an underprivileged background. I have worked very hard through meritocracy to establish privilege. I had to go to great extents to access post-high school education. The only way I could get through a Bachelor's Degree is by serving in the military. The only way I could get a Master's Degree is by moving my family in to live with my mother-in-law for a year. Whiteness gave me some advantages, but I had to open many of the doors myself. As the only one of eight children in my family to go beyond an associates degree, I can see how limiting access to upper education has been in my family history.

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