Posted on | January 4, 2013 | 5 Comments
Court decisions dating to the 1950s theoretically ended racial segregation of higher education in the United States. But data to be presented today at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association show that the pace of desegregation has slowed over time. And in a finding that could be controversial, the study finds that states that ban the consideration of race in admissions may see the pace of desegregation accelerate.
The study is by Peter L. Hinrichs, an assistant professor of public policy at Georgetown University. He focuses on black and white students, not those in other racial and ethnic groups, and he examines “exposure” and “dissimilarity” (defined below) of black and white students as two measures of desegregation. Hinrichs uses federal data from every college, filed since the era in which desegregation started. He argues that these measures illustrate the extent to which colleges are truly desegregated, which may not be reflected simply by increases or decreases in black student enrollments (which can be concentrated at certain institutions).
Hinrichs is quick to say in the paper (and in the interview) that his findings do not suggest that states should ban affirmative action.
This blog is quick and unfailing to point out that raaaaacism is immoral, and attempting “to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption” is as much pure hooey as anything else these Progressives spew.
Oh, and look: