Time recently published this article by Tal Fortgang, a student at Princeton:
I'm sure I'll get some monkey shit thrown at me, but I have to say I share much of the same sentiment. Sure, there are exceptions to every rule, and unfortunately real bigotry still exists in this country, but I think hard work and playing by the rules pays off in the end. This reminds me of @Marcus_Halberstram post on laziness and the merits of hard work...we have a lot of average, unambitious people in this country who want a scapegoat.
And before I get plastered in monkey shit for being a "racist" I am a third generation non-white male, who comes from a family of working class immigrants.
When I was applying for college admission as a freshman, I received scholarships from several school simply for being a minority. Granted, they were all private schools, and they can do what they want, but I think it is absurd that I should receive a scholarship just because I checked off Hispanic/Latino on my application. Why should a white kid with the same grades, extracurricular experience, and (pretty decent) family income not receive the same opportunity as me?
Just because I'm not white doesn't mean I can't swing through the jungle too. I expect to have to hustle just like everyone else, and I know it will pay off in the end.
Fire away monkeys, and share your experience of this on Wall Street please.