I take exception to the recent column of Christine Emba on “White Privilege.” She makes broad generalizations and assumptions to arrive at the conclusion that because of this supposedly vague advantage whites have, just by being white, that affirmative action is fully justified and absolutely necessary. To support her argument she cites the greater rate of suspensions of preschool black children and that blacks are 30 percent more likely to be imprisoned than whites, for the same crime. I would accept the former as appropriate because of a chaotic home life, which then carries over to school, but the imprisonment statistic required judges not be even handed which is difficult to accept.
Brown versus the Board of Education is 60 years old but blacks have not really taken advantage of the basically equal education opportunities made available. Educated blacks, without the baggage of drug imprisonment, and related problems, can find appropriate jobs as employers are eager to hire qualified blacks as there is often a lack of qualified whites. A major reason for blacks not competing on a level playing field is that 72 percent of black children are born out of wedlock versus 27 percent of whites. This means all those children grow up in what is basically an unstable and chaotic home environment. Arrival at a level field of opportunity is for blacks to recognize their serious deficiencies and to build solid family lives which, in time, will result in a level field for all.
Lee Pitzer, O’Fallon