Constitutional Vanguard: The Georgetown Law Professor Race Kerfuffle
Today’s missive is about 2,600 words on the controversy over the Georgetown law professors who discussed, in what they thought was a private conversation, their “angst” at the fact that a disproportionate number of black students kept ending up at the bottom of their grading curves. You can imagine what happened next.
Namely, institutions of higher learning, especially prestigious ones like Georgetown, admit some black applicants with academic credentials that would be insufficient for admission if the candidate were not a racial minority. This is not really a debatable point. Given that we know that happens, it is really so surprising that these professors find some level of disparity in which races have the toughest time with their courses? You can’t have racial preferences in the admissions process — and the Georgetown admissions process, like that of most institutions of higher learning, does indeed employ racial preferences — and not have that race-conscious decisionmaking affect students’ academic achievement.
As Thomas Sowell has convincingly explained, preferential policies create academic failure.
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UPDATE: Link fixed. Thanks to Nic.