Tonight, when my daughter called me, panicking and terrified, I told her this: The sad truth is that your privilege protects you. If you need an abortion you will be able to get one even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. You live in a state unlikely to overturn marriage equality so if you choose to love a woman, you will be able to marry her. But life will get much much worse for people of color, for immigrants, for the poor, for Muslims, for LGBTQ people. The bigots and xenophobes have been empowered, and they will take their rage out on the vulnerable. There is one way your life may change. You will face a choice. Do you choose to devote your life to defending the vulnerable, or do you choose to retreat into your privilege. That is the question this election presents you with, my darling. The more I reflect on this, I realize that the message I was giving was not for her, really, but for myself. I confront that choice in my life. Do I hunker down into my privilege, or do I find somewhere the strength to fight for the vulnerable. I hope the latter.
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Today I sat down at my daughter's request and made a list of the 10 best liberal arts colleges that do not require the SAT or ACT. She is our third child applying to college. Both of her siblings took standardized tests and did well. They're smart kids, and well read, but that's not why their scores were high. Their scores were high because of their privilege; my husband and I paid for incredibly expensive tutoring that lasted for months and for nearly a dozen proctored practice tests. We bought those scores. Now Kid 3 is in high school, and we have come to despise the process. What books didn't our children read because they were wasting time in tutoring sessions and practice tests? What hours of sleep did they miss? Or, perhaps more realistically, what video games didn't they play? (Whatever. I swear to God, Grand Theft Auto is a better use of time than SAT test prep.) Mostly, however, we are ashamed of the fact that we purchased this leg up for our children. It's wrong. And we don't want to be a part of it anymore. For a complete list of test-optional schools, see this: http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional
Among the things voted down, protection for pre-existing conditions, extended coverage to age 26. Welcome to your America, Trumpkins.