To Whom It May Concern:
I’m sorry the world said that you were better than me, and now finally we vocally can say we are equal. I’m sorry I have to prove to W&M that I belong here just because I can catch a ball as well as excel academically. I’m sorry that we (minorities) have to depend on each other just to make it through one semester; and without the Office of Multicultural Affairs the student body would be even less than 13% minorities (6% black). Oh yeah, I’m sorry you didn’t know that the Office of Multicultural Affairs' mission is to improve the overall quality of life for students of color on campus by developing and implementing educational, cultural, and social programs that will assist the College in recruiting, retaining, and graduating multicultural and international students.
I’m sorry girls freeze up before getting onto the elevator in Morton Hall, when they see me on first and scare the hell out me and make me check behind myself to unveil the threat. I’m sorry you think I have something against you because of a past that our ancestors shared. I’m sorry we both have to suffer from something we had absolutely no hand in. I’m sorry you think I don’t want white allies. I’m sorry you think it’s about me wanting color privilege. Oh, I’m sorry that you think that a mere suggestion for the need of a law that makes sure that we try to balance out the racial ratios in many key areas in society is an actual privilege. Oh yeah, since I’m from Georgia, I’m sorry I didn’t realize that Virginia was so different and more socially evolved than the rest of the country (or should I be sorry you chose to ignore redlining, “driving while black,” and the rest of my real privileges). I’m sorry my background strengthens my desire, but weakens my chances. I'm sorry that by our technical, legal definition, you can discriminate, but by your legal definition of a policy you cannot define, you can call that policy legal discrimination. I’m sorry you think the change in attitude over the last 30 years is enough. I don’t want your sympathy, but don’t stop us from helping ourselves. I'm sorry your indirect assistance and approval is needed, I guess we were under the impression that we could all do it collectively, with the assistance of a few laws to close a 400 year long gap in equality. This is not a handout.
A Pro-Advancement Policy Student