I was checking to see which “similar pages” google popped up for this weblog, and found this article from Harvard Magazine, “Roots” and Race. We’ve tacked this issue before, but I though I’d pass on the interesting statistics dug up on this topic.
n = 170
Ethnic self-identification of Harvard black students
Black American, 57.1%
Bi-ethnic or biracial, 25.9%
Generational status, Black Harvard vs. US aggregates
1st generation, 8%, 6.1%
2nd generation, 41%, 3.3%
3rd generation, 6%, 0.9%
4th+ generation, 45%, 89.7%
Now, I don’t much think about these topics anymore, science is much cleaner & exciting. Nevertheless, it is important to remind myself of why I’m a cynic sometimes. You can read the original paper too (note that 50% of the fathers of black Harvard freshmen have advanced degrees, diversity by race, but not SES).