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How Structural Racism Has Benefited Me

My father served in World War II and used the GI Bill to get an education so he could get a good job so I could go to college and become the first college graduate in my family. In the South, African-American veterans were also offered the same benefits but because they were not whites, they could not get admitted into most colleges in the South. Consequently, if my father had not been white, it is unlikely I would have been able to graduate from college.


Structural racism continues to affect our country. I am disappointed the United States Senate decided recently not to investigate what the country can do to make opportunities more equal for future generations. As a white male, I still benefit in ways others do not.

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