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Reader’s comment: A black student’s view

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In response to Chris McGovern: Oh to be young, female and black, Young_Londoner wrote:

I am irked no end by this TOXIC IDEOLOGY of ‘intersectionality’ and race baiting. The very fact that they themselves do not see that it achieves the opposite effects to what they claim is beyond me.

Take myself as an example, I am young and black (although male) and am currently studying at medical school. I did very well at secondary school and am sure that I was able to stand on my own two feet in the medical school applications without the need for the intersectional gestapo to step in and give me an advantage in the application process as they do in the States. However, because of identity politics, I now face the prospect on a regular basis of people assuming that I am where I am purely because of my skin colour! And I don’t blame them, they are very reasonable to think so given the current climate but I believe in meritocracy. This in my opinion is just as bad as when prospective candidates were deducted points for being the wrong skin colour in the 70s and 80s.

As for reverse mentoring, I tend to find that the majority of older white men have quite a lot to teach me and while some of them may have their prejudices I’ve learnt through interacting with them that, surprise surprise, I have my own. The vilification of older white people (whom I consider to be a very great generation if you ask me, given all they went through), is a crime in my opinion. It is quite clear to me that if the intersectionality practitioners keep spreading their filth, this society will probably end up going the way of South Africa. NOT FOR ME THANKS!

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