Duke has gotten somewhat of a reputation for being racially insensitive. Last March, Jalen Rose was under fire for his remarks about the school and his idea that a lot of black students from the inner city may share. He said that “Schools like Duke don’t recruit players like me” or black kids from the inner city. They didn’t take kindly to such a sweeping generalization of the school, but now the campus is at the center of their own controversial remarks against black students that seek to generalize their academic performance.
According to Durham’s Herald-Sun, a study performed within the university seeks to stereotype Duke’s black community of students. The research concluded that black students who initially expressed an “interest in majoring in economics, engineering and the natural sciences,” switched to less rigorous majors before graduating. They even broke their perceptions down by numbers using “Duke freshman classes that matriculated in 2001 and 2002, in their first, second and fourth years of college” as their control group.
The unpublished study, “What Happens After Enrollment? An Analysis of the Time Path of Racial Differences in GPA and Major Choice,” is insulting by the mere choice to waste university hours to supposedly prove that African American students are lazy or less diligent in their academic pursuits. The report found that:
“54 percent of black men and 51 percent of black women ended up switching to the humanities or another social science.
By comparison, 33 percent of white women and just 8 percent of white men made the switch to majors that are considered less rigorous, require less study and have easier grading standards.”
Now why do you think that the African American student body would be troubled by such a study? That’s probably the question that is stomping the racially insensitive administration. Duke’s Black Student Alliance president Nana Asante took their concerns to the NAACP saying in an e-mail:
“The implications and intentions of this research at the hands of our very own prestigious faculty, seemingly without a genuine concern for proactively furthering the well-being of the black community is hurtful and alienating…”
The study, written by professors Peter Arcidiacono and Kenneth Spenner, and graduate student Esteban Aucejo, is being used to prove that Affirmative Action is not necessary in the admission process at both Duke and at the University of Texas, who has submitted the study as a part of a brief to the Supreme Court in a lawsuit that the high court may hear regarding “race conscious” undergraduate admission into the University of Texas. According to the authors, it’s easy for African American students to “catch up” to Duke’s white students with easy course work found in the Humanities and social sciences.
The study is blatantly racist and if Duke does not condemn the actions of the authors and remove itself from association with everyone involved, our students must shun them by never again crossing the threshold. We should not pay great salaries to people who belittle and objectify our existence, so they can raise their families with the best life has to offer and building, in their children, another generation that would seek to do the same.
And I’d like to remind Duke University that they were home to one of the most diabolical pedophiles to cross God’s green earth. On July 1, 2009, we reported a story on Frank M. Lombard, who at the time was the assistant director for Duke University’s Center for Health Policy. He and his allegedly unsuspecting partner was selling their adopted black son online for sex. The child was five years old and they adopted him as an infant. How about Duke construct a report about their sinister faculty. Hmmmmm…we could call it, “What Happens After You Attain a Degree in Science? An Analysis of the Deviant Behavior Found in the Scientific Community at Duke University.”
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