It seems we lose the game
Before we even start to play
The ‘game’ Lauryn is referring to is the game of life. ‘Everything is Everything’ is about the struggles of inner city youths in America, and these people ‘lose the game / Before we even start to play’ because they are born without the start-ups that other children have. Affirmative Action was brought into some sectors to quell this trend, because an equal opportunity is simply not enough. Say for example, Jack and Jill both started education in the same school, and if they got the required grades, they could go onto do whatever course they wished in University; race or religion would not stop their advancement. However, Jack went onto become a doctor, whereas Jill is currently unemployed. But they both had the same opportunity to go to University to become a doctor, and Jill simply didn’t achieve the required grades. Why didn’t Jill achieve the same grades however. Perhaps it was because Jack’s family are well off and provided him with all the educational books he needed, and a room of his own that he could quietly study in. Jill on the other hand, may be living in public housing and sharing a room with two siblings, so finding a quiet place to study is impossible. They both started in the same place, and neither where inhibited in any way by race, the only criteria for being picked for a University place was their academic achievements, but ending up in the same place was a near impossibility given the different benefits each child received. This is where Affirmative Action comes in to play, as it counters the effects of past and existing discrimination or exploitation carried out by the ruling class of a culture.
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