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White male. Those two words are rarely associated with being discriminated against or being impoverished. Is that necessarily true, though?When going to apply for financial aid, people will help find the information that is needed. "Do you have dependents?", "What is your yearly income?", "What was the highest level of education your parents have completed?" These are questions that are presented to the applicant with a neat little bubble to fill in for the appropriate choice. What is there to do when filling these forms out correctly is too difficult? Well, for non-English speakers there is help readily available. But, if a semi-well dressed white male applies then it is expected that he should already know how to complete these forms and it is assumed that he will not qualify for the aid anyway. They then become low priority. This type of profiling is no different than locking the doors to a car when seeing a dark man at night near the vehicle as is explored in Brent Staples' "Black Men and Public Space". A person is being judged by the color of their skin, not by their personal merits in both cases.Taking tests in school can be an alienating experience. A name, date & student number must all be filled in. What happens when a race must be declared? White. Not White-American, Polish-American, Danish-American, German-American, Irish-American, Swedish-American, Finnish-American, Anglo-Saxon... the list could go on. Apparently, being politically correct is an exclusive proposition.It seems that in modern society you can only be racist if you are white. Imagine if a White Entertainment Television, Cloud Magazine or Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF) equivalent were to be developed. The public outcry would be deafening. No program can be made to cater to the tastes of white people without it being considered racist.I have experienced all of these subtle slights firsthand with unwavering faith that one day true equality will be the standard. I would like to leave you with one final experience I had: By being the minority in my middle school, I was often the target of jeers and teasing. I was never called by my name, I simply was "white boy" by the majority. Now, this did not offend me in the least, I just assumed they did not care to take the time to learn my name. If I knew their names I would call them by it, and when I did not I would say "hey" or "you." One time, when being addressed by my diminutive, I responded "what brown boy?" The recipient of my reply got very angry despite claiming "brown pride." Why was what I said derogatory?

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