A Racial Education

On Monday, June 24, 2013 the SCOTUS by a 7-1 vote with Justice Kagan having recused herself, voided the lower appellate court’s ruling upon Fisher v. University of Texas, ruling that schools must prove under strict scrutiny that there are “no workable race-neutral alternatives” to achieve diversity on campus before being able to legally enact race-based admission policies.

Various Liberals and racial activists, while relieved that the SCOTUS handed down only a “modest” ruling and allowed Affirmative Action practices to continue in the college admission systems, are still displeased by the high Court’s ruling because it leaves the door wide open for further lawsuits like Fisher v. University of Texas.  They rightly fear that resultant repeated lower court rulings will essentially put an end to minority-centric college admission preferences.

The important thing for Americans to remember in all this is that these Leftists and Minority grievance-mongers have nothing to worry or complain about and only do so because it serves their personal and, in the case of the racial activists, financial agenda to pretend that affirmative action and non-White admission preferences are needed for the sake of diversity. The simple truth, according to the US Census Bureau, is that these racially bias programs are not needed in any way or, at the very least, they can be scaled back in the manner that the SCOTUS seems to intend.

College Enrollment Per Year By Race

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Whites 11,715,000 11,371,000 11,762,000 12,324,000 12,825,000
Blacks 2,299,000 2,304,000 2,474,000 2,481,000 2,889,000
Latinos 1,943,000 1,914,000 2,131,000 2,227,000 2,434,000

Yes, if one looks at the raw enrollment figures, it’s obvious that far more Whites enroll in college every year than either Blacks or Latinos do. These raw numbers are certainly of the sort that racial activists would quote in order to keep Affirmative Action alive in America. They do not, however, take into demographic percentages in America: White (78.1%), Black (13.1%), and Latino (16.7%)

Percentage Of Population Enrolling Per Year By Race

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Whites 4.86% 4.72% 4.88% 5.11% 5.32%
Blacks 5.75% 5.76% 6.19% 6.20% 7.22%
Latinos 3.74% 3.68% 4.10% 4.28% 4.68%

On average over the five years listed 4.98% of Whites, 6.22% of Blacks, and 4.1% of Latinos enrolled in college each year. So, if we are to assume that the White majority is the statistical norm to work from, Blacks are and have been overrepresented  in annual college enrollments and Latinos are somewhat underrepresented. Indeed, as the trends in the tables above show, the over-representation of Blacks in annual college enrollment figures is sharply accelerating.

Given those racial college enrollment figures, it’s pretty obvious that neither Affirmative Action nor those screaming for its continuance are needed in America. That’s the core curriculum of a real racial education in America today.

Related Reading:

New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development
Uprooting Racism - 4th edition: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
The United States Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution, Democracy, and the Rule of Law (Controversies in American Constitutional Law)
Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945–2000 (Justice, Power, and Politics)
Affirmative Action Around the World: An Empirical Study (Yale Nota Bene S)

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