The topic of “Affirmative Action” policy, placed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, introduced the program to reduce discriminatory acts towards “underrepresented and minority groups, which required and ensured any applicant are employed—without regards to race, creed, color, or national origin (663).” In Richard Rodriquez article “None of This Is Fair,” published in 2007, he tells his own account of discrimination as a student. Rodriguez attended Stanford, Columbia, and the University of Berkley during the “Affirmative Action” period. Being of Mexican-American heritage, Rodriguez writes in great detail about his struggles, emotionally and mentally, throughout his collegiate years. Rodriguez’ main argument is all individual rights, should not be solely based upon ethnicity, color, creed or under privileged due to economic resources. He believes all U.S citizens should be provided for equally and not thought less of, to receive resources for education or employment. Quoting the title of Rodriguez article, “None of This Is Fair,” I could not agree more. Logically, Mexican-American’s are not the only individuals with financial burdens, nor are they the only objects of discrimination.
Many people face daily issues of financial burdens, which we can all relate to. People are losing jobs, which can lead to losing ones car, house and self-dignity. Rodriguez may not have lost a job or dealt with financial burdens but what he lost was his own pride of being a Mexican-American while pursuing his life dream of becoming an English Professor. During his years in college, the “Affirmative Action” program was in full force. The program was available to Rodriguez due to his race. He attended as many classes available to meet his needs for his major while having his education paid for in full. He began to struggle with the grief of knowing that due to his ethnicity he was surpassing not only other students of the same race, but other nationalities as well. His professors...
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