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I both agree and disagree with what the author is saying in this article He starts by saying that our chances of succeeding are influenced by the generation of our family that came before us and by our network of friends and acquaintances He applies the term social capital to this He then goes on to say that the government needs to take responsibility for ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity get a job be accepted into a university or move up in their company The next five paragraphs are spent arguing against color-blind absolutism that is the idea that we should ignore race altogether To this point in the article I could not agree more I believe most rational thinking people learn from their parents older siblings and even their extended families They see the mistakes that their families made and want to do better In my family for instance I am the youngest of six children My parents grew up in farming communities and had little or no education I was the first in the family to go straight through high school and graduate Only the four youngest of six children received a high school diploma or equivalent and only myself and one of my brothers has had any education beyond that I see this as a natural evolution that takes several generations Some of my older siblings did not see the value of an education or of planning your future and setting goals While I saw the mistakes they made it took me several years to realize that my success was dependent on setting goals and the actions I took to achieve them I also agree with the author assertion that society cannot be completely colorblind We do not need to pretend that we are not different we need to accept and embrace each others differences We need to recognize and respect the each
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