[Marxism] Douthat on class and race in and college admissions
lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jul 20 13:51:39 MDT 2010
Joseph Catron quoting Ross Douthat:
> "This was particularly pronounced among the private colleges in the study.
> For minority applicants, the lower a family’s socioeconomic position, the
> more likely the student was to be admitted. For whites, though, it was the
> reverse. An upper-middle-class white applicant was three times more likely
> to be admitted than a lower-class white with similar qualification ...
> "Nieli highlights one of the study’s more remarkable findings: while most
> extracurricular activities increase your odds of admission to an elite
> school, holding a leadership role or winning awards in organizations like
> high school R.O.T.C., 4-H clubs and Future Farmers of America actually works
> against your chances."
Odd--or not so odd--that this conservative shares the same
concerns as Marxist contrarian Walter Benn Michaels:
Walter Benn Michaels
Who Cares about the White Working Class?
edited by Kjartan Páll Sveinsson
Runnymede Perspectives, 72 pp, January 2009, ISBN 978 1 906732 10 3
In the US, there is (or was) an organisation called Love Makes a
Family. It was founded in 1999 to support the right of gay couples
to adopt children and it played a central role in supporting civil
unions. A few months ago, its director, Ann Stanback, announced
that, having ‘achieved its goals’, Love Makes a Family would be
ceasing operations at the end of this year, and that she would be
stepping down to spend more time with her wife, Charlotte. Our
‘core purpose’, she said, has been ‘accomplished’.
It’s possible of course that this declaration of mission
accomplished will prove to be as ill-advised as some others have
been in the last decade. Gay marriage is legal in Connecticut,
where Love Makes a Family is based, but it’s certainly not legal
everywhere in the US. No one, however, would deny that the fight
for gay rights has made extraordinary strides in the 40 years
since Stonewall. And progress in combating homophobia has been
accompanied by comparable progress in combating racism and sexism.
Although the occasional claim that the election of President Obama
has ushered us into a post-racial society is obviously wrong, it’s
fairly clear that the country that’s just elected a black
president (and that produced so many votes for the presidential
candidacy of a woman) is a lot less racist and sexist than it used
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