Yale Law Students Said a Top Journal Was Racist. Admissions Data Suggest Otherwise.
Added 02-21-21 05:20:03pm EST - “The Yale Law Journal on Friday released admissions data in the face of a week-long pressure campaign in which activists alleged that blacks are underrepresented on the masthead. The numbers demonstrate the opposite, showing that blacks…” - Freebeacon.com
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The Yale Law Journal on Friday released admissions data in the face of a week-long pressure campaign in which activists alleged that blacks are underrepresented on the masthead. The numbers demonstrate the opposite, showing that blacks and other minority groups are overrepresented on the prestigious journal relative both to the student body at large and the general population.
The conflagration began on Tuesday after a Journal editor, Gavin Jackson, resigned, saying he felt "used and tokenized" in his position. Jackson's resignation elicited furious statements from a raft of affinity groups at the law school, which are demanding that the Journal "prioritize anti-racism" over meritocratic selection, the postings show. The controversy played out on a student message board, the postings from which were reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.
The activists made no concrete demands about numeric representation but alleged "inequities" in Journal admissions. "Meeting with affinity groups to present platitudes about valuing diversity in the admissions process is insufficient," the Black Law Students Association said. "The Journal must commit to fundamental changes to its governance structure, admissions policy, submission plan, and slating that will ensure this perpetuation of racism does not ever happen again."
The numbers tell a different story, however. Not only are blacks and Hispanics admitted to the top law school's most prestigious journal at a higher rate than their white counterparts, but the admissions rate for blacks—61 percent—is higher than that of any other ethnic group.
The admissions statistics demonstrate how demands for diversity can persist even when minorities are well-represented in relation to the student body at large. They also show that the activists making those demands do so, at times, when the underlying data aren't on their side.
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