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Monday, April 18, 2011

College and Class Warfare

I say this in reference to a recent tweet John Cusack posted on his twitter about how America should end sponsored warfare and start mandating military service to those who attended ivy league schools. Of course, many were shocked and thought it was unfair, but I have to praise him for this. There was one remark said to him that particularly bothered me.

"So you want us to punish people for being smart or elect a president who went to community college?"

I, being a community college student, find this terribly insulting. If one's school determines intelligence, then that just goes to show that all college is really about is money. The richest are always the ones who graduate from the ivy league schools, and the poor are helpless. This is so obvious, it's common sense. College education is merely based off of who has their hands on which person's inner thigh. It has practically become a political orgy to insure scarcity. Without scarcity, the whole system would crumble. Or perhaps it has always been this way, after all...this is America. Why have we become so elitist to believe the best people are the ones with the biggest boats? How can we say that our society is just when we worship greed? I, for one, cannot stand this on a personal level. I graduated high school in the top 10 percent of my class and I am treated one way, privileged and praised, yet when I meet someone for the first time and he or she discovers that I currently attend a community college, I am treated like a second-class citizen. It's the status that has changed, not me. Hell, it even comes up in insults as if I do not know anything about the world even though I am a part of it.

College is known for being expensive and, sadly, it is only getting worse. Classes are getting cut left and right, yet the deans are getting big cash bonuses. How many women have become strippers in order to pay for college? And the reason we pay for it is because we were not allowed to attend in the past. No minority groups could think about education during times like that. The sad part is that the whole college system has not changed. Sure, maybe they will accept other groups of people as long as they have money. Poor people (who tend to be minority groups because of society's preference for old money) were always poor and the rich (who tend to be white men who may have merely accumulated wealth from not being discriminated against over generations) were always rich. As a way to attempt to combat this system, we created public, cheaper schools -- community colleges. I am sure that it will not be long before we start seeing extreme right-wingers advocate for getting rid of "public" (i.e. cheaper) schools, if not already. I'm confident they already have. How fundamentally disturbing is it that we, as a whole, are taught from an early age that success and happiness can only be derived from money? How can we claim that those who do not want to work meaningless and menial jobs from nine to five are considered lazy and unproductive to society when it is truly (and not only figuratively) "the Man" keeping us down by whipping us every time we rise up? And do not even get me started on the police system. Unfortunately, we are too blinded by well-rehearsed scripts of history and blatant propaganda to even notice it. Those who think differently are apparently criminal. But that, as you know, is a whole other sad story for another time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent analysis