Dissecting the So-Called "Research" Report: Preliminary Thoughts

September 13, 2011 | Blog

Here’s some stuff you gotta know.

In Wisconsin 2.5% of Blacks are in prison. That rate is 8 times higher than it is for Whites.

Just 65% of Blacks earn a high school diploma on time in Wisconsin, compared to 95% of Whites.

But for some reason, it outrages the Center for Equal Opportunity that in 2007-2008, Blacks made up 2.6% of the student body admitted to UW-Madison– while 85.5% of those incoming classes were white.


It is common to use distort facts with percentages. So if the 72% admissions rate for Blacks at UW-Madison compared to 59% admissions rate for Whites really upsets you, consider this. The applicant pools in those years included 33,337 White students, just 923 Black students and just 1,212 Hispanics. The admissions pool included 20,249 White students, and just 1,723 Blacks and Hispanics put together. Seriously, who is at a disadvantage in this race to the top?

Have you EVER walked around UW-Madison’s campus and thought “Something must be wrong. There’s just wayyy too many Brown people are here.” Yeah, that’s what I thought.

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    October 25, 2011

    I'm not sure how this justifies discriminatory admissions policies. On this basis are you also going to justify the harsher admissions criteria (see Thomas Epenshade's figures) for East Asian Americans on the basis that they have lower crime rates than americans of european descent.

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