Where is the Great Melting Pot?

May 27, 2014 

On May 17, Fresno State listed schedules for graduation ceremonies. Wow, when did we put segregation into our school system?

* University commencement

* College Assistance Migrant Program Commencement

* International Commencement Celebration

* African-American Recognition Program Commencement

* Latino Commencement

* Inaugural Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Graduation Recognition Ceremony.

In a May 22 letter to The Bee, a young man states that being Hispanic and from a lower-class family stereotypes his ability to go to a higher-class college. He accepted an offer to Stanford University. He wants the social stigma and stereotyping of his race to stop.

After seeing all the separate commencement programs, he should be thanking the taxpayers who helped give him a free education. Racism is worse than ever and as long as there is noticeable separation it is never going to stop.

Joyce Reed


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