I graduated from Montana State University in 1992 with a BS in Philosophy, Honors Highest Distinction. This should not be an issue.
Four times in the last three years I have been called a liar, a phony, because certainly a white trash rural product couldn't be that smart. Three out of those four are Baby-Boomers, so much more intelligent than the rest of us that they can read the abilities of all around them. Why not, it was those same people who couldn't understand that a Nigra could become President of these United States.
I'm tired of having my abilities questioned, so here it is. I graduated college in 1992, the first of my surname to do so. That's my diploma, and all you doubters can go fuck yourselves. For four years I worked for a despicable alcoholic to pay for that schooling. It cost me that respect of family and two wives. That may not have been the greatest of life choices, but I still did it. Listening to assholes online tell me I couldn't accomplish such a feat is so very infuriating, not because of anything I've done, but rather because the privileged think that a degree is philosophy is only the domain of their effort.
I didn't have announcements made, so I can't scan those. This is the graduation booklet proclaiming the graduating class of 1992. Notice please right there. That's my name. Robert Lynn Kailey. I have a few symbols after my name. Here's what they mean:
University Honors, Honors Program highest distinction. I wore the gold brocade as one of the happiest moments of my life. When you grow up blue color, told by your father that "Our family doesn't go to college" and realize that you've done something special? You feel a sense of pride. You feel that you've done something well.
But no. A couple of privileged assholes who don't have any idea what struggles you worked through are more than welcome to tell the world how you've lied about that accomplishment, so small and yet so important. Fine. I think that's the nature of the Intertubes anymore. Anything that can be writ will be writ. Of course it's true because people read it on the Internet. What shocks me and saddens me the most is how so many 'good' liberal and progressive' folk are willing to attack with class bias such that if you don't agree with them you must be 'low brow', a 'mouth breather', a loser and a liar. They will happily tell you how much we need to raise the minimum wage such that their waitress makes a living wage, but spew nothing but venom and lie at that waitress should she actually disagree with them on any particular point. How dare someone of working background actually think themselves a human equal? There is no competition for intellect. You either have it or you don't, and neither is a moral failing. The only fail is to think there is such a standard, a willful stupidity. And sadly, it's on the left that this most prevalent.