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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Affirmative Action

#iq #intelligence #sociology #college

The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life

Richard J. Herrnstein, Charles Murray

1994

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2019-10-13

"Relatively little of this commentary has involved the costs to whites...denied places at universities...A plausible explanation [for race tension] is that whites resent blacks, who are in fact getting a large edge in the admissions process and often in scholarship assistance and many of whom, as whites look around their own campus and others, "don't belong there" academically.

If affirmative action in its present form were ended, the schools at the very top would have smaller numbers of blacks and some other minorities on their campuses, but it would restoring the value of the credentials." - Richard J. Herrnstein, Charles Murray, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (1994)

I don't personally take a stand, I gather people are probably split about 50/50 on this issue -- this is just an attempt to succinctly summarize the chapter.