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Only 12 percent of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared with 38 percent of white boys, and only 12 percent of black eighth-grade boys are proficient in math, compared with 44 percent of white boys.
Poverty alone does not seem to explain the differences: poor white boys do just as well as African-American boys who do not live in poverty, measured by whether they qualify for subsidized school lunches. - NYT
Let me guess: Asians topped the list, whites nearby, and then blacks and American Indians were anchormen, with Hispanics evenly between the whites and blacks.
So it goes. Cultures differ, but cultures are shaped by the genetics of those who produced them. Even more, cultures can determine who persists in any given society. As a result, culture is tightly enmeshed with biological ability. You can't deconstruct the two, unless you like pleasant mental symbols that don't relate to reality (99% of you prefer the illusion).
But to state the obvious: only 38% of white kids are competent? What, did we get a lot of Irish, Gypsies, Slavs and Italians in here or something? Maybe in addition to that, we've got "prole drift," or a widening of the lower castes while the upper half of the middle class shrinks.
Don't pat yourselves on the back, white people... you're not doing so hot.
- Steve Harris