We can talk all we want about how there are a disproportionate amount of white people here, and they're right, but it isn't a local problem. At the very least it's a national problem - call it systemic racism. Where does our student body come from? Mostly the bay area and southern california, and other urban areas where the neighborhood you grow up in determines what the future holds for you. Simply put, if you're poor and/or black, the cards are stacked against you.
Sure, we could enact affirmative action and it would probably succeed in bringing more diversity to the CSU student body, but the reality of it is that affirmative action is a band-aid on a much larger problem. If politicians really cared about bringing equality to those disenfranchised from birth, then they'll stop taking token measures designed to win them elections, and start a concentrated effort to bring good paying jobs and good schools into these communities. When you have a good job, you're less likely to commit crime, you'll do a better job of raising your child, and with a good K-12 education your child will have a much brighter future - and magically the number of minorities at HSU increases.
Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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