Written by Robert Patton
We hear a lot about social justice, protected minorities, hate crimes and so forth. Yet the largest group subject to discrimination is never named. What’s more, the vast majority of the readers of this paper belong to this group. No I am not speaking of students, although that too is a large group subject to discrimination.
The group I have in mind is much, much larger. It comprises the unwed. Everywhere you look, unmarried people are subject to discrimination. In the military, the married are paid substantially more than the single even though the job and the risk of life is the same. Many employers provide far more benefits to married employees than singles.
But here’s an example that directly targets many students. Come to this school as a freshman and the college insists that you live on campus. Even if you can find off-campus housing for far less money (and even if your parents approve), you must live on campus. Unless of course you are married.
But that’s a relatively minor issue; let’s look at a bigger one. Say you graduate from high school and decide to move out on your own. No problem, especially if you are over 18. After all an 18-year-old is an adult. But, being a success oriented individual you decide to leave your home state of say, Arizona, and apply for admission to a small liberal arts college in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. You choose this school because you have always wanted to live in Vermont and you hope to make Vermont your permanent home, once you graduate anyway.
That’s too bad since the college will dismiss your desires and your actions as they classify you as a non-resident student. That means more profit for the college, and more debt for you. It doesn’t matter that you are a registered voter in West Burke, Vermont. Nor does it matter that you are a licensed Vermont driver, and have a car registered with the state. Whether you like or not, you are a foreigner to them, an out-of-state student. Unless you are married.
So there we are again, the college will stiff you, ignoring your chosen residence and your future intentions because you are single. You may be an adult to the rest of Vermont, to the United States, and to any branch of the Armed Forces. But because you are single to Lyndon State College, you are a kid who resides with his or her parents in Arizona (or whatever state your parents live in). Is that fair?
Once you have become a student, you may be required to take a course on logical thinking. Unfortunately, members of the administration and staff who make these unfair decisions are not required to take and pass such a course.