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Utah Jazz’s minorities-only college scholarship ’not racist,’ governor says

Utah Jazz’s minorities-only college scholarship ’not racist,’ governor says

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has come under criticism after stating that a new scholarship program offered exclusively to ’persons of color’ by his state’s NBA team does not discriminate against white students. ’Looking for ways to lift communities that have been historically and disproportionately impacted isn’t racist at all,’ Cox, a Republican, said.

jay 3 weeks

I disagree. Any policy or grant, that excludes people based on race or ethnicity is - by definition - racist. Just because this scholarship is an objectively good idea, it doesn't mean that it's not technically bigoted in nature. If the opposite were true - if this scholarship was for white students only - the tenor of this discussion would be completely different.

Idiot Prole
Idiot Prole 3 weeks

So any white kids who happen to like jazz and have talent can suck it because their ancestors had too much. I can absolutely understand grants to poor people / neighbourhoods. But right now there's far too much racial stuff. I've been looking to change careers and found a few places that won't even look at me for being white.

الأكبر فادي
الأكبر فادي 3 weeks

That is by definition racist but it isn't the first nor the last scholarship to do so.. just because you have different melatonin is the difference between paying full price or getting a free ride skill and passion not included... sadly there is way to much bigotry of low expectations for black people which pushes the narrative they can't do anything or be anything without assistance because implicitly they aren't capable unlike while or Asian people... sad

Daniel 3 weeks

I'm over it. Just another racist policy in amongst a plethora. The most disadvantaged people in this country are poor white kids in rural areas. Poorly funded elementary and secondar education, no free college based on their skin color, no one building gyms and parks in their neighborhoods, no special programs by woke corporations, and no jobs in their area when they finally come of age. Go there and ask them what their white privilege got them.

Seekster 3 weeks

If your scholarship isn't offered to certain people because of their race then it is racist.

Tim Baker
Tim Baker 3 weeks

Well its it's obviously not racist cause white people are never poor or disadvantaged.

Qanonsense 3 weeks

As a strong leftist... this is actually racist. If you are deliberately excluding people based on skin color, that is as racist as you can get.

Zion 3 weeks

It isn’t, though in all honesty, if the purpose is as stated, it shouldn’t be extended to Asian students, because, statistically, they’re doing better than white people.

E N..
E N.. 3 weeks

Of course it's not racist to try and level in a very tiny way a historically unlevel field. The point of this is to provide access to those who get less chances, it's not about anyone being excluded.

James O
James O 3 weeks

Racist policy in your education system.

John 3 weeks

If its actually about helping minorities then you would go by income and not race. This just another example of self-hating white guilt for a crime they didnt commit and in the process they'll be taking down poor white families with them.

Lord Flashheart
Lord Flashheart 3 weeks

Ok cool, Minorities get a scholarship based on filling a quota. That student then has to get selected into the NBA. NBA isn't about filling quota but having the best take the court. Quota filling programs never have the best.

is it 2021 yet?
is it 2021 yet? 3 weeks

Noting that he was “very proud” of the Jazz’s “awesome program,” Cox said, “I don’t think it is racist… Looking for ways to lift communities that have been historically and disproportionately impacted isn’t racist at all.” “I’ll tell you what I’m going to do about the Utah Jazz. Absolutely nothing! I believe… in the freedom of businesses to make decisions that are right for them,” he added. In January, Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith had announced an initiative to award a full four-year higher education scholarship to a student from an underrepresented or minority community in Utah every time the basketball team won a game this NBA season. The eligibility criteria for the scholarship state that applicants must be a “person of color” with preference given to those with “demonstrated financial need” and “first-generation college students.” Applicants also have to talk about how they overcame obstacles, what they hope to accomplish and who their major influences are. “The Utah Jazz and Ryan Smith can do the things that they want to with their funds… The Utah Jazz have more wins than any team in the nation. That means there are more scholarships available for kids in our state and those kids are [from] at-risk communities, kids who have struggled, who have not had access to the opportunities that my kids and your kids have had,” Cox said. Kudos to Republican Governor Cox, it is a shame such a positive program can’t be appreciated by all people. It’s intent is to give POC that have historically not had the opportunities white people have a chance to receive a higher education. It even states they must demonstrate a financial need and be first-generation college students. It is also a private company’s program—the government (and governor) have nothing to do with this company and their choice to help POC get college educations. Just let a good program be!

TaxTheRich 3 weeks

I got a story that I want to mention that my older coworker told me, is always insightful to talk with him to hear his stories you know, it's about how Major League Baseball affected black communities in a positive and negative way.. it might be a little insightful with this situation who knows.. Back when you had the Negro Leagues, the Negro Leagues were competitive against MLB as far as lifting up inner-city communities, Major League Baseball started picking up some of the key players like Jackie Robertson from the Negro Leagues now that's a good thing for black people as a whole however the contract that they ended up signing made it so they couldn't compete on the Negro Leagues anymore, effectively killing their Community leagues. What was good for black people as a whole was also damaging because of the 'no compete contracts' All right now enough about that story let's talk about this topic at hand, is it racist? No. They offer scholarships for a multitude of things ranging from Financial dispositions in regards to your position or your families, your race, your gender, even mental disabilities can qualify you for scholarships.. Y'all are looking for things to be mad over.

a commoner
a commoner 3 weeks

This is racist. There are poor white folks with talent that are being overlooked here. And college isn't exactly affordable for the Middle class either. The kids that really want to go and are good students but not athletes or Einstein genius usually end up taking student loans to attend school and are in their thirties or older when they've cancelled their student debt

Jay 3 weeks

It is sad that so many people do not know the meaning of racism. The ignorant thought that whites all have it easy because they are white is by definition racist. I grew up in borderline poverty and could not get help because there is so much help and schooling for all the minorities. Minority groups have had all kinds of ways to get help for years. Medical schools ext. This is not hidden information. I th s easier for a minority to seek help over whites and all kinds of people cry that they are disadvantaged. Obama's health care targeted whites in order to get help have to have a certain income in order to get help because you know are skin color makes us privileged. This country is broken.

Marshall 3 weeks

so it only allows minorityies, no whites, "not racist", how tho?

Sigfried 3 weeks

The Governor should familiarize himself with the Civil Rights Act.

Blake Downey
Blake Downey 3 weeks

Wrong. This is the definition of systemic racism.

J. S. Dietrich
J. S. Dietrich 3 weeks

Why would any White person want to do jazz anyways? It's just blacks būṭçḥęṝįṅg modern European music theory.

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