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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Privilege

Terry Moran

THE OTHERS. Terry Moran of ABC News says, " Don't Feel Too Sorry for the Dukies." I also heard right-wing Philadelphia Talk Radio (WPHT) host Dom Giordano disagree with Moran this afternoon, but only slightly. Giordano thought Moran was too harsh but he seemed to agree that 395 days of facing 25 years in prison was more or less appropriate if you'd ever attended a wild undergraduate party. Right. What percentage of college kids today hasn't attended a wild party in the last year (or the last month)?

Screw Moran. Screw Giordano. Look at Moran (above). Now look at Giordano:



Let's face it. Same guy. You know what I mean? Enough said.

Here's what I'm tired of, from both the left and the right. Because you're a successful jock at Duke, you're PRIVILEGED. This means you're automatically guilty of something, especially if your parents can pay full boat tuition, because there are Others who can't.

I have a question. Why do we ask our children to excel in school, to get A's, to score well on their SATs, to earn Varsity letters and participate in all the extracurriculuar activities it takes to be admitted to Duke or UNC or UVa or the Ivy league when all we're going to do when they get there is call them PRIVILEGED and penalize them to the max if they ever come into conflict with the BETTER people who go to crummy colleges or drop out of school altogether or wind up in prison or get arrested for some offense we insist the system overlook unless they've worked their ass off to get a chance at achieving something truly worthwhile?

Terry Moran and Dom Giordano wouldn't be pleased as punch if their kids got into Duke? Bet they would. Neither Terry nor Dom went to elite schools. Hmmm.

Aaaahhh. Couldn't be we're looking at garden variety jealousy, could it?

Yes, it could.

For the rest of you, I'll repeat the main question: Why do we ask our children to excel in school, to get A's, to score well on their SATs, to earn Varsity letters and participate in all the extracurriculuar activities it takes to be admitted to Duke or UNC or UVa or the Ivy league when all we're going to do when they get there is call them PRIVILEGED and penalize them to the max if they ever come into conflict with the BETTER people who drop out of school or wind up in prison? And why do the people who care so much about our kids always insist on a second chance UNLESS the kids in question managed to study, work, and achieve enough to get admitted to an elite university -- which somehow makes them overprivileged parasites.

Looking forward to your answer(s).







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