I'm not stressing that I and other Native students won't conform. That's your interpretation. I'm asking the people who CLAIM they want to increase diversity by providing scholarships to people of color, particularly Native students, to look beyond their white privilege and see that excellence comes in different shades and dialects. There are more than challenges to applying for scholarships. Just read Dr. Linda Neuerburg's comment above. The last paragraph is meant to make people like you aware that just because Native students are from "rez" schools like Dr. Chavers discusses doesn't mean they're not capable of excellence like white students. It just means it may not look the same. I'm not asking that requirements be relaxed. I'm saying that we should call it what it is - a scholarship system for middle to upper middle-class white students who have educated parents and/or mentors and who have attended above standard or private preparatory schools. In the meantime, don't give Native students or me a hard time about it.
Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 02:29