Writer Makes Incredulous Discovery That Many White People Believe Black People Get Everything for Free
A flurry of tweets blew up this writer’s mentions when she shared her story of the incorrect assumptions she says white people have about affirmative action.
Ashley C. Ford, a senior features writer, tweeted Monday, Aug. 1, about the many white people who “truly and genuinely believe that Black people get to go to college for free.”
She said while teaching wilderness survival at a Boy Scout camp the summer before she went to college, a fellow counselor, who is white, told her he didn’t apply for college.
I'm like, "Why?", and he literally says, "Can't afford it. I'm white, so you know, it isn't free for me." Y'all I just stared at him.
After a minute, I say, "Um, I'm not going to college for free." And no shit, he says, "Oh, do you pay up front & get it back later?"
At this point, I'm confused AND curious. I say, "Who told y'all black people go to college for free?" They all cited parents, friends, etc.
They had all these stories about white people they knew getting passed over for jobs and promotions in favor of less qualified black folks.
Ford explained that the counselors at the camp, where she had been the only Black counselor in recent memory, were surprised that she didn’t get to attend college for free. She added the counselors went to schools where there were little to no non-white students and they thought Black people got other things for free, too.
Telling them I wasn't going to college for free kinda blew their minds. They didn't know any POC but were SURE they knew what we were like.
Anyway, I ended up leaving camp early that summer because I simply couldn't take it. The woods I got used to, but the people, I couldn't.
The thread, which was made the same day a report from The New York Times said Donald Trump’s administration is looking to block affirmative action from being used as a barometer for college admissions, had many others chiming in about their experiences.
I went to college for almost free -academic scholarship. My reward is working for unqualified white people who can't admit their privilege.
The year I started college I was in the largest group of blk students in history of the theater program (6 out of 30)
Others affirmed Ford’s account.
A couple of people tweeted humorous responses.
Two users provided insight into why they believe the idea persists.
One man tried to poke holes in Ford’s account.
I'm sorry you met a moron but he represents nothing and no one but himself
One black person in a law class does not equal several conversations with white folks over twelve years. I'm not making this up.
But many backed her up, not only regarding college admission but also government assistance.
Reminds me of when white classmate tried to tell My partial s'ship was b/c I'm black. Meanwhile, I graduated in the top 10 of my HS class.
It's the same in the UK, people think that illegal immigrants come in and get free money, housing etc it's why many voted out of the EU.