Wednesday, December 20
White majority protected by ethnic scholarship
The Boston University College Republicans (BUCR) knows how hard it is for a white guy to make it in America today. Targeting that underprivileged, overlooked group, they established BU’s first-ever “Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship” this fall.
Following in the footsteps of flamboyant conservative mouthpiece, Jason Mattera, who used a similar scholarship ploy in 2003 at Roger Williams University, BUCR offered the scholarship “to trigger a discussion on what we believe to be the morally wrong practice of basing decisions in our schools and our jobs on racial preferences.”
The scholarship required that applicants be at least 25 percent Caucasian, maintain a 3.2 GPA, and submit two essays: One about their Caucasian heritage and the other on “what it means to you to be a Caucasian-American today.” Only eight people applied. Sophomore Nicholas Doucette was announced as the winner in early December. “I thought about it, and I wrote that being a Caucasian-American just means to be an American,” Doucette said. He received $250 for his whiteness, which he said he would put toward buying books for his semester abroad in Germany.
Though the award drew national attention, people on campus largely dismissed it. “Most people I talk to think it’s silly and kind of just want to ignore it,” said BU College Democrats (BUCD) Vice President Joshua Gee. The Massachusetts GOP distanced itself from the BUCR, calling the scholarship “offensive.”
Other student leaders noted that while racial preferences aren’t ideal, minority scholarships encourage diversity. “Our country oppressed people of color for centuries while everyone else who was ‘preferred’ continued to succeed and lead our country in all aspects,” said La Fuerza co-chair Sara-Marie Pons. “The goal of a university in striving to admit more students of color is a positive movement to increase the diversity of its institution.”