Disappointingly, we’ve seen too many incidents where a person of color’s achievements are chalked up to affirmative action or some other benefit that undercuts the actual work they’ve put in. This happened to Guillermo Pomarillo – a Latino teen accepted to Stanford University. At a checkup, his dentist – upon learning that the school accepted Pomarillo – said that because of affirmative action he took the place of people who were more worthy of the position. The school rejected the dentist’s daughter. The young student handled the situation with grace and penned an open letter dismissing the dentist’s petty and incorrect statements. This hateful notion reared its ugly head once again at a recent robotics competition in Indiana, but their community responded by investing in their future.
As a group of five Pleasant Run Elementary School students – Elijah Goodwin, 10; Angel Herrera-Sanchez, 9; Jose Verastegui, 10; Manuel Mendez, 9; and Devilyn Bolyard, 9 – competed, they
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