The Persistent Myths of “Acting White” and Race Neutral Alternatives to Affirmative Action in Admissions

Citation

Andrews, Rodney J. & Swinton, Omari H. (2014). The Persistent Myths of "Acting White" and Race Neutral Alternatives to Affirmative Action in Admissions. Review of Black Political Economy. vol. 41 (3) pp. 357-371

Abstract

Issue Title: In Memory of Marcus Alexis This paper discusses the persistent myths that cloud our understanding of two politically charged themes that have been featured in discussions of the educational outcomes of Blacks: "Acting White" and Race Neutral Alternatives to Affirmative Action in postsecondary admissions. We discuss research that shows that the "Acting White" hypothesis fails both theoretically and empirically to explain differences in educational outcomes between blacks and whites. We provide evidence that race neutral alternatives to admissions in higher education are both less effective and less efficient in producing racially diverse cohorts. Policy recommendations that heed the myths that rather than follow the facts are likely to be injurious to those that they seek to aid.[PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12114-014-9188-8

Keyword(s)

Ethnic Interests

Notes

Copyright - Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Review of Black Political Economy

Author(s)

Andrews, Rodney J.
Swinton, Omari H.

Year Published

2014

Volume Number

41

Issue Number

3

Pages

357-371

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12114-014-9188-8

Reference ID

5242