The “extra 200 points on the SAT” argument

When I was in High School, I heard a myth that all black students got an extra 200 points just for being black. White student would then lament about how they wished they were black and they could get those special extras that only the blacks get.

Now to my knowledge, and that of Princeton, there are not extra points for being black and there never were. But let’s say there were. The problem for the white students is that they dont get to be black for just the day or the few hours they have to take a test

Black is a lifetime commitment

You have to be black when you try to hail a cab
You have to be black when visiting NYC and stop and frisk is in effect
You have to be black in all job interviews, loan applications, and high school guidance sessions
You have to be black when you explain to your child why little Johnny called her that name
You have to be black in all those statistics that say your life expectancy is shorter than other demographics, that you more likely to be arrested and convicted, that you are more prone to chronic illness.

Still want the 200 points on a test?

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