Higher Education And Racial Disparities

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Jack Rhea & Mike Markes Jim Scheidhauer LSP 120 8 March 2015 Higher Education and Racial Disparities in United States Racial disparity has been a hot topic lately in America. After the election of President Barack Obama, some have dubbed the United States a “Post-Racial” America. While some Americans believe that race is no longer an issue, the numbers show that the idea of a post-racial America is a myth. It is understood that in order to prosper in America, an education is essential to success. But the racial disparity permeates even the education system. The color line divides us still. In recent years, the most visible evidence of this in the public policy arena has been the persistent attack on affirmative action in higher education and employment. Racial minorities, particularly Blacks and Hispanics, appear to be prospering more in America, that is to say they are enrolling in college and earning more money than in past years. While opportunities for non-Asian minorities have increased in America, whites still have more opportunities to succeed financially than minorities, due to more educational opportunities. Table 243: U.S. Census Bureau, "Educational Attainment in the United States: 2013 - Detailed Tables," <http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/>, accessed February 2014. As the graph above displays, students in the United States have made notable gains in academic achievement over the past 45 years. However, the racial achievement gap remains due to not
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