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The Dartmouth
April 14, 2024 | Latest Issue
The Dartmouth

A Clear Paradox

To the Editor:

I find these three items incongruous; I wonder if anyone else would:

1) From The Dartmouth, May 14: "[Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Karl] Furstenberg said that as 'we are approaching 40 percent non-whites on campus' it 'represents real progress.'"

2) From the U.S. Census Bureau:

White persons, percent, 2000: 75.1 percent

Black or African American persons, percent, 2000: 12.3 percent

American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2000: 0.9 percent

Asian persons, percent, 2000: 3.6 percent

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2000: 0.1 percent

Persons reporting some other race, percent, 2000: 5.5 percent

Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2000: 2.4 percent

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2000: 12.5 percent

White persons, not of Hispanic/Latino origin, percent, 2000: 69.1 percent

3) "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. August 28, 1963