Friday, July 4, 2014

“Planned Disenfranchisement: Interdepartmental Conspiracy – Failure or A Simple Mistake?”

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Gregory Vernon Boulware

“Planned Disenfranchisement: Interdepartmental Conspiracy – Failure or A Simple Mistake?”
Gregory V. Boulware
Have you, your relatives, friends, or anyone that you know ever been dropped from college enrollment registration? Have you ever been discouraged from attending higher education or knowledge gaining pursuits? If so, I think that you will find this message very interesting. How much sense does it make to issue a letter of financial acceptance and delivery confirmation and then retract said letter almost immediately? The systematic approach of dropping students from college registration rolls appears to be the latest tool to “culling the herd.” The targeted allotment becomes a spared expense.

How many urban high school level “Baby Boomers” have been discouraged from attending college and/or college preparatory schools? I’ll probably never get the stats on that question. It goes without saying, many urbanite students: Black, White, Latino, Asian, and/or Bi-Racial; that think and/or thought about reaching for the higher goal, have been systematically disenfranchised and/or discouraged methodically by the powers that be, starting within the educational system, the systematic ‘red tape’ and administration backlogs have choked the forward motion of our country’s higher count of college level educated populace.

I have personally suffered that humiliation while attending high school. At the age of about 15, I entertained the thought of transferring from the school I attended to a school of higher academics. One day during the end of the spring semester, I went to the counselor’s office at school. I asked that counselor that was assigned to me about transferring to the higher academic school. He gave me the once over and replied without viewing my school records and history.

“Son, you cannot attend that school or any school of higher academic level. You do not have the aptitude or the intelligence required to get past the test.”

I went along with the assumption primarily because I didn’t know what to do or whom to go to for further advice. Sure, there were individuals that said:

“Man, you can be anything that you want to be!”

That is easier said than done, especially when you could do just great working in a factory or warehouse, in those days. That is what the counselor advised me to do anyway, he said:

“Son, go on down to the wood shop, metal shop, electric shop, print shop, and/or automobile repair shop and learn to work with your hands. Your kind of people are always good doing things with their hands.”

The jobs were plentiful in the days of the 50s, 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s. The 90’s started to show growth of information Technology. It also showed the beginning of the end for the factory and manufacturing workforce.

“Is the existence of systematic discrimination a reality?”

Discrimination is prevalent in the lives of Philadelphia workers. Union and non-union, are fighting for construction contracts to work on the continuing expansion of the Philadelphia Convention Center where white union workers predominately man the jobs. Why is it that large cities and corporations continue to espouse diversity and practice otherwise? Why is it that toy/doll manufactures make white person-imaged dolls with clothing that is fashionable and acceptable to the status quo and the dolls that replicate or imaged to portray people of color as urbanomically correct. i.e. baggy pants with shirts and blouses that are oversized? Some people certainly would agree that the main reason is control, power, and the continuing separation of “them that’s got it and them that don’t. And if you ain’t got it, you certainly will not get it and we will make it difficult if not impossible for you to get it!”

I’ve been attending college for about eleven years (part-time) and achieved three years of recorded formal college education. The one time that I was able to attend school, with the intention of securing the colleges’ ‘Certificate of Management,’ hoping to enhance my ‘Associate Degree,’ the rug was pulled from underneath. I was attending classes for the full semester of which I spent the majority of the summer fighting to get into, only to be denied the opportunity. The college neglected to inform ‘PHEAA’ that I was enrolled and attending classes. PHEAA in turn, withdrew the tuition and supplies payment due to the fact that my name was not on the schools’ current enrollment listing. I was enrolled for classes at the college. I was attending classes on the scheduled evenings (4 nights a week). I have also purchased the required textbooks and received syllabi with course lesson instruction(s). My participation was duly noted and ongoing from the second day of classes in September of 2007 until I was forced out at the end of October. Several college officials and staff assisted me with my/the re-enrollment process. One of the officials issued an apology verifying a mistake in its pre-requisite protocols. How do you think I felt after going through all of this red tape and bureaucratic non-sense, to not be allowed to attend school? I have complied with all of the requirements set forth by the directives with the exception of making contact with the ‘Bursars Office,’ informing them of the transactions and receiving a payment waiver.   

Wasn’t the ‘Financial Aid Office’ supposed to do that? Do you think or feel that bigotry and racism is alive and well where you work, play, shop, and live?

They told me that I couldn’t handle the academics. They told me that I couldn’t go to college. They told me that I couldn’t do a lot of things; but I did.

Be it as it may, should anyone think that I have given up on the paper chase, thing again. I will be successful in my dreams, my quest of acquiring the coveted and allusive collegiate credentials, some way somehow…

You too can be successful. You too can be anything and anybody you want to be! And, don’t ever let anything, anyone, or anybody stand in your way!

Now, how would you feel if this tragedy…or circumstance happened to you? What would you do? What would you have done if it were you?

*This essay first appeared originally and exclusively on the “Obama for President Campaign Web Site in 2007 for the 2008 victory.
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