Robin Adams Cheeley: Color blind? Hardly. Race still matters in America. – Greensboro News & Records | CarTailz

Robin Adams Cheeley News & Records

When my daughter was in the third grade, we were called to a parent-teacher conference to address, among other things, a parent concern of one of her white classmates.

They felt that my child raised his hand too quickly and the teacher visited them too often.

The young man was upset that he didn’t get a chance to answer first. His feelings were hurt. You wanted her to talk to us.

I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. Did my daughter answer the questions or didn’t he? The fact that they shared this with the teacher who in turn shared it with us leads me to believe it was both. How dare my child answer a question that was theirs?

Was he and he alone entitled to the query and why?

Who knows, but as I read about the Supreme Court reconsidering whether race can be a factor in admissions, I thought about that incident. Do the white and Asian-American students recruited to file lawsuits against UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard University feel eligible to be admitted? Do they think Black and Hispanic students get something that’s only theirs and theirs?

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Racial differences are unfair and discriminatory and should be abolished.

But why? Race is taken into account in everything else.

It is under consideration when black coaches try to land head coaching jobs at professional soccer teams. So Brian Flores and others have filed a class action lawsuit. The race has kept them from getting a head coaching job, no matter how prepared they are.

They are considering whether I want to sell my house or get an appraisal. Dozens of black families have filed discrimination complaints based on home appraisals. Some black families who have removed family photos and let white friends act as homeowners have seen the value of their property rise exponentially.

Considering if I need emergency cardiac care. A small study by the National Institutes of Health found that black adults treated in heart failure centers were less likely to receive transplants and heart pumps than white patients with the same medical conditions.

It is taken into account in education funding. In September, students at Florida A&M University filed a class-action lawsuit against the state alleging decades of discriminatory underfunding at the state’s only public, historically black university.

From 1987 to 2020, the University of Florida received about $1.3 billion — yes, that’s a “b” — more than FAMU.

But it’s just not FAMU; A 2013 study by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities found that 61% of black land-grant institutions did not receive 100% of related funding from their states from 2010-2012.

It was considered when Facebook’s owner Meta settled a lawsuit with the US Department of Justice to change the way it merchandizes housing ads. Facebook agreed to overhaul its internal ad targeting tools to ensure housing-related ads are served more fairly. This requires advertisers to use something other than zip codes to determine who is allowed to see housing-related ads.

Race is a factor when trying to get a car loan. According to a May 2022 post on the Americans for Financial Report blog, auto finance companies are charging black consumers between $300 and $500 more in interest premiums on their auto loans. Additionally, Black and Latinx customers who bought their cars in person paid more than other customers. And that 45 percent price difference can’t be explained by income, education, or other characteristics, according to the National Consumer Law Center.

A study by the National Fair Housing Alliance found that 62.5% of the study’s black test borrowers, who were more qualified than their white counterparts, received more expensive pricing options from auto dealers and that those borrowers would have paid $2,662.56 more over the lifetime of theirs Credits than less skilled white testers.

Race is a factor in how much money a black woman makes. An October 2022 report by the National Partnership for Women & Families found that the median wage for black women in the United States is $36,303 per year, compared to a median wage of $57,005 per year for white, non-Hispanic men, a difference of $20,702 per year equates to . That’s $621,060 over 30 years a black woman and her family missed just because of their race.

Essentially, race is now and always has been a factor. And that’s not likely to change. The idea of ​​saying let’s eliminate race is as stupid as saying, “I don’t see color.” You see color. We all see color.

The problem with getting admitted to college, choosing a coach, or applying for a car loan is not the person’s race; The question is what decisions, conclusions or assumptions come to mind when considering the person’s race. If you attribute negative traits to certain races, you are the problem. Likewise, if you attribute positive traits to certain breeds, you are the problem.

We should all have the opportunity, and if the past has prevented this opportunity, then we must pay for the discrimination. By when?

But one thing is clear: it is not time to eliminate race as a factor in how we can make our institutions more diverse and inclusive.

By the way, the mother of this young man was a lawyer, and later she was elected a judge. I have often wondered about her judgment when the person in front of her was of a different race.







Robin Adams Cheeley


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