Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges Than 35 Years Ago

Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges Than 35 Years Ago, by Jeremy Ashkenas.

The share of black freshmen at elite schools is virtually unchanged since 1980. Black students are just 6 percent of freshmen but 15 percent of college-age Americans …

Blacks and Hispanics have gained ground at less selective colleges and universities but not at the highly selective institutions …

“Despite the progress the U.C. has made in assembling a more diverse student body, a lot of work remains to be done so that all U.C. campuses reflect the true diversity of the state,” [said Stephen Handel, associate vice president for undergraduate admissions for the University of California system]/

The article strongly implies that there should be no “gap” between the percentage of college-age blacks and Hispanics in society and their percentage at elite schools.

This is the blank slate hypothesis, that all groups of humans have the same statistical properties at birth — except of course for the very-obviously undeniable things like color or height. This is a politically correct belief. Correctness of course lies elsewhere, as mountains of evidence, all denied by the left, shows.

UPDATE: Steve Sailer adds some facts:

Here’s the 1996-2011 trends in SAT Math scores from Unsilenced Science:

Blacks make up 6% of elite college freshmen but only 2% among those scoring at the 86th percentile or higher on the Math SAT. Of course, blacks don’t benefit from White Privilege. …

Part of what the NYT is doing is playing off their readers’ lack of historical sense. Subscribers are constantly told that America was a racist hell-hole until approximately the day before yesterday, so “1980? sounds like the Dark Ages to them. In reality of course, it was well past the social revolution of the 1960s, with affirmative action going full blast.

You’ll find the truth at Sailer’s, and the politically correct version at the NYT.