Orlando Patterson is a professor of sociology at Harvard and the author of The Ordeal of Integration.
Summary: Affirmative action is intended to expose African Americans to vital social networks that are critical to advancement. One problem with affirmative action, however, is that its beneficiaries tend to segregate themselves from whites. Black college students, for example, have a tendency to reside in all black student halls, and attend all black social events. Affirmative action should be reformed to better facilitate the program’s original goal...
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