For John, BLUF: If big groups are not getting education it is not just a blot on us, but a detriment to economic progress. Nothing to see here; just move along.
In today's edition of The Boston Globe, page A1, above the fold, is an article bylined by Laura Krantz, about Black students as minorities in local Boston area higher education institutions, Diverse campuses, but still few black students. The sub-headline is:
With little representation, many battle culture shock at Boston-area collegesOh, I understand that. It is like arriving in Lowell, from another
I was a little surprised the reporter didn't note that with 15% of the student population across the nation, Blacks are actually over-represented. The 2010 Census has Blacks at 12.6% of the national population, albeit only 7.02% of the Massachusetts population, making us 26th in the nation.
I found this interesting, quoting from the article:
BU devotes two admissions officers to recruit students deemed to be “under-represented minorities” — which includes Hispanic and Pacific Islander students.What about students with a Portuguese background, students from Brazil?
And, the reporter talks about a student from Ethiopia. I am probably mistaken, but I don't think of Ethiopia being populated by Blacks, who are from further south and west. Are the Oromo and the Amhara, some 61.4% of the population of Ethiopia, racially Black, as are the people of, say, South Sudan?
OK, so my take-away is that Blacks in Boston who want to go to college and are not finding seats locally should come up here to Martyville. With only 6.8% of the population of Lowell being African American the students would find their representation larger, proportionately, and thus more satisfying, and it would help us get over our own 4% hump. That said, UMass Lowell has 15% minority and 4% foreign. Interestingly, we have 21% "declines to state". I wonder, being "blow ins", how my wife and I are grouped when we take classes?
I don't wish to make fun of this issue, just reframe it. With Boston being 24% Black, per the article, the percentages in local colleges is abysmal. One wonders if a significant number go off to other institutions? Where would we go to get that data?
Regards — Cliff