June 14th, 2016
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And Hacker News is already a million times better than places like Reddit. We need more diversity in tech, but some folks seem willing to undermine the project of reforming the industry. I still see comments like:
He was privileged to be a black man since this drastically improved his odds of getting into Princeton. It’s not anywhere near as much of an achievement as you are making it out to be.
As of 2006, between 2/3 and 5/6 of black students in the top 25 schools are there only due to race.
So with high probability, it wasn’t that much of an achievement to get into Princeton.
It’s certainly far less of an achievement than it would have been if he were Asian.
(If anyone has more current numbers I’d love to see them. I’ve seen more recent numbers on state schools, which suggest 23% of blacks are only there due to race. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/heres-what-happens-when… But nothing at the ivy level.)