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Racial Preferences and Socioeconomic Status

It is frequently asserted–or assumed–that racial preferences in college admissions help the poor. Even if this were so, of course, it would be more efficient (and much less legally problematic) to give preferences based directly on poverty rather than using race as a proxy. And, in any event, it is not so.

The classic 1998 apologia for racial preferences in university admissions–The Shape of the River by William Bowen and Derek Bok–conceded that only 14 percent of black admittees to the selective schools it studied were from

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Elections

Weirdo O’Rourke

Friends of the young Bill Clinton and Barack Obama spoke of the special glow of promise they had about them, even back in their early twenties. Angels sat on their shoulders. History gave them a wink and said, “Hey, good lookin’, I’ll be back to pick you up later.” Robert O’Rourke? Not so much. He ... Read More
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McCain at Annapolis

President Trump has been doing a lot of tweeting today -- against TV programs, companies, and other things that have incurred his displeasure. These tweets make for interesting reading. One of them is this: So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) “last in his class” (Annapolis) John McCain that sent ... Read More