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Last week during arguments in the case Fisher v. University of Texas, Justice Antonin Scalia mused that perhaps African American applicants to the university might be better off in a “slower track” school.
In his column this week, CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire takes on Justice Scalia’s question head on by discussing structural racism.
“This “structural racism” occurs when the interplay of various core public systems—like education and tax policies, for instance—not only fail to promote access to opportunity, but actually perpetuate negative consequences of historic discrimination, and ultimately deny opportunity to African Americans.”
The full column is this week’s “must-read” for anyone concerned about the persistent gaps in achievement between minorities and white Americans.