The U.S. is not color-blind, nor does it need to be. What we need is frank awareness of the true racial disparities that still exist and action to eliminate them. The Supreme Court’s decision on the Michigan case now simply perpetuates the lie that races are “equal enough” in the country. It allows majority rule to overtake minority rights – something that the republican process was never meant to uphold.
Stereotype threat can cause minority groups with negative stereotypes to perform worse on tests. More importantly, however, there is psychological evidence to support the representation of intelligence as an entity that can grow, as opposed to a fixed quantity. Intelligence is something that is cultivated, and the academic, social and economic environment of a student matters. Students should be evaluated with reference to their origins and environments for a system to be truly meritocratic.
The last time I wrote for The Daily was to express my grief over the acquittal of George Zimmerman for his murder of Trayvon Martin. The event that sparks my return to a column is the murder of yet another young black person that has similarly gone unpunished. Last weekend, a Florida jury could not…
Individuals who were better dressed are perceived as more “white,” according to a study by Stanford researchers in collaboration with scientists at Tufts University and the University of California, Irvine.
With his comfortable ebony pullover and his silver hair, James Campbell Ph.D. ’89 looks the part of a typical modern academic. Turns out he transcends the ordinary professor–he is one of Stanford University’s gems.