I just got this from the Oregon APA:
To: OAPA List
Sent: November 20, 2003 9:37 AM
Subject: oapa: 2004 AICP EXAM
REDUCED 2004 AICP EXAM FEE SCHOLARSHIP SLOTS Oregon has one (1) slot.
Reduced AICP Exam Fee Scholarship Selection Criteria:
§ Members of ethnic or racial minorities shall be given
Does this bother anyone else?! I know I've ranted on this before, but here is my reply:
Do you know why I refuse to take the AICP exam? Because of the absurd and irresponsible "criteria" below.... It smacks of discrimination like nothing I have read in a professional organization in some time. Are you seriously going to pass over one race to give a scholarship to a different race? This society will never be colorblind or non-sexist with standards, set by organizations, such as these. As planners, I believe we should lead the way. Your criteria should read "No preferance will be given based on race, creed, religion, or sex..."
In addition, the AICP "Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct" reinforces the idea that minorities and women somehow can't make it on their own. Here, in C - 7:
"A planner must strive to increase the opportunities for women and members of recognized minorities to become professional planners."
Huh?! As my professional duty I "must strive" to be racist and sexist?! Yes, fellow planners, that's what it says. If it were to say I must give equal opportunity, no problem... But from where I stand, I'd give the opportunity to the person who is most deserving, regardless of all the politically correct mumbo-jumbo. I wasn't born with the proverbial siver spoon, I worked my way through college, and never even sniffed at the "good 'ol boy" network. If I had sniffed it, I'd rail against it in the same manner as I am here, with these "criteria". Until these things change, I cannot, by my own codes, take an oath such as this. I suppose, for now, I'll just have to do my planning "uncertified"...