The Justice Department’s Racial Nuttiness
This Holman Jenkins column is worth reading in full (although you’ll need a subscription to do so). An excerpt:
Justice says that out of 4.4 million loans approved between 2004 and 2008, 525,000 went to African-American or Hispanic borrowers, of which some 210,000 paid higher fees or rates than the average paid by similarly situated “non-Hispanic White Borrowers.”
It goes without saying large numbers of white borrowers also paid higher than the average of all whites. It also goes without saying large numbers of minorities didn’t pay higher rates, though Justice isn’t interested in the average of what minorities paid, only that some minorities paid higher than the average of whites.
If this sounds like statistical malpractice, it’s apparently habitual. . .