Perhaps Houston is more divided than people thought after all ...

Amanda Mahmoudi

The outcome of last week's election truly disgusts me. During all the campaigning and debates, I remained hopeful. It was finally possible for Houstonians to come together and choose the best for everyone.

I now realize that I was being entirely too idealistic about the whole thing. What on earth possessed me into thinking that Houstonians would actually consider the greater good of the city and its people? What could I have possibly been thinking?!

From the election results, it seems that there are fewer people who actually care about equal opportunity than there were ten years ago. No one wants to focus on anything other than the issues by which one is affected. Basically, the common attitude is: "Why should I sacrifice anything if I am not going to benefit from it right now?"

With this lavish description of a completely self-centered, simple-minded attitude, I mean to describe a great deal of people in Houston, or to be more specific, those who actually showed up to vote last Tuesday.

What happened?

Proving that Houston is indeed a divided city, none of the five major candidates managed to retain a majority, while affirmative action passed by the skin of its teeth.

Houston voters now must decide between two men - one who could possibly handle cleaning up the corruption and one who would sell his soul to the devil for any political office. I'll leave it to you to try and differentiate between the two.

As for affirmative action, I really don't see the reason for debate. Those who voted for it obviously support the idea that everyone should have an equal chance at success. It astounded me that the number was so low.

As a member of a minority group, I feel hurt. Why would people not want me to have the opportunity to live well? I neither want nor need "handouts." I also resent being described as a "junkie" by people who have obviously never experienced prejudice in their lives.

Maybe if we lived in the United States of Utopia, things would be different. Alas, we have to play the cards dealt us. I only hope the right people win.

Mahmoudi, a sophomore French/German major, can be reached at amahmoud@bayou.uh.

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