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‘Black (Immigrant) Admissions Edge’


That’s the title of an article today in Inside Higher Ed, the point of which is that black immigrants and children of immigrants are doing better at getting into selective schools than other blacks. Here’s the comment I posted at IHE:

There are three key paragraphs, IMHO.  Here’s the first:

**The authors of the new study note that there are key differences in the demographics of the black Americans whose families are new to the United States and those who aren’t. Immigrant black students are more likely than other black students to grow up in two-parent families and to attend private schools — both characteristics that, across all sorts of groups, tend to indicate a greater likelihood of attending a selective college.**

In other words, culture matters.

Here are the other two:

**That scholarly phrasing may not do justice to the tensions raised by such issues. In 2003, at a reunion of black alumni of Harvard University, Lani Guinier, a law professor, was quoted by The Boston Globe as raising the question of whether black students who are “voluntary immigrants” should be the beneficiaries of affirmative action.

“If you look around Harvard College today, how many young people will you find who grew up in urban environments and went to public high schools and public junior high schools?” she said. “I don’t think, in the name of affirmative action, we should be admitting people because they look like us, but then they don’t identify with us.”**

In other words, not even the Left really believes the “diversity” argument.  If it did, then it would be happy with admitting plenty of immigrants or immigrants’ children, because of course those folks can claim more diverse backgrounds and experiences.  But it’s not about diversity, really; it’s about identity politics.


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