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A Scholarship for White Males

Texas students may now apply for a new $500 college scholarship available only to white males.

Colby Bohannan, a Texas State University student, said he founded the Former Majority Association for Equality group after fighting in the Iraq war and returning home to find no college scholarships available for white males like himself — only women and minorities.

“I felt excluded,” Bohannon, a student at Texas State University, told the newspaper. “If everyone else can find scholarships, why are we left out?”

Bohannon went on to say that he and his friends will begin handing out $500 scholarships this summer, arguing that white male students now make up a minority group in Texas.

School officials have so far not taken issue with the group’s objective, saying the scholarship is no different from one offered to students from different ethnic groups.

This one gave me a chuckle. I’m not sure fighting discrimination with discrimination is really the way to go, but you have to admit that these students have illustrated the double standard that exists in higher ed on matters of race and gender. Plenty of people who are offended by the idea of an all-white or all-male scholarship have no problem designating scholarships exclusively for other racial groups or for women.

I’m reminded of some great words: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

I think people should have the legal a right to give a scholarship to whomever they wish, on the basis of any criteria, racial or otherwise. But wouldn’t it be better if scholarships, along with other burdens or benefits in our society, were distributed instead with the words of MLK in mind?

(Please pardon my brief lapse into racial utopianism. I’m feeling wistful at the moment.)

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