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College Has a Negative Effect on Racial Understanding

For many university administrators, fostering racial harmony is an explicit purpose of the college experience. They will be disappointed, however, by the results of a new study showing that the longer students are in college, the less interested they become in diversity and racial understanding.

Asian, Hispanic, black, and white students were surveyed about their attitudes toward racial harmony over the course of their time at college. The results were similar for the four groups: By the end of four years at college, students were less interested in fostering racial understanding.

“Contrary to our expectations, the average change in racial attitudes during the first year and over the entire four-year period is in a negative direction,” the researchers concluded.

While the study doesn’t have much to say on why this is the case, let me offer a possible explanation: During their time in college, students slowly become more and more exhausted by administrators’ racially-discriminating admissions policies, thought-policing on racial issues, and incessant uttering of the word diversity to the point where it loses all meaning. Meanwhile, editorials in student newspapers constantly drone on and on about how society has become more racist toward minorities, rather than less.

It would not surprise me if students, having put up with these policies for four years, lose interest in advancing racial understanding. When admissions offices engage in discrimination and call it diversity, why should students value diversity?

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