Even though the whole “Occupy Wall Street” and 99% rhetoric has died down, there is still much unease between income brackets in America. Recently, taxpayers have been demanding that P. Diddy’s son forgo the football scholarship he earned completely on merit. It’s unfortunate that the U.S. ideal that merit wins out is becoming completely distorted. According to Business Insider:
“Less than a year after P. Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, accepted a $54,000 scholarship to play football at UCLA, some state taxpayers are calling on the well-heeled freshman to turn over the funds to students who need it more.
“In an interview with CNN, education contributor Dr. Steve Perry defended Combs’ merit-based scholarship, saying he earned it fair and square. At the Upstate New York prep school where Combs recently graduated, he maintained a 3.75 GPA while playing cornerback for the football team.
‘He’s done what he needs to do to be successful and in ‘Ameritocracy’ we have to accept that no matter who your father is, whether he be rich, poor or absent, that you can in fact be successful on your own merit,’ Perry said.
There’s no denying P. Diddy can afford to send his son to college. He was recently named the wealthiest artist in Hip-Hop by Forbes Magazine, with a $45 million net worth.”