is this to imply that blacks (and not white women) are the largest beneficiaries of affirmative action?
You know, I hear this used to support AA frequently. (BUT THE WHITE WOMEN BENEFITED THE MOST FROM IT!)
It's not really a justification of AA for African Americans. But more importantly, it's most often used to justify AA for African Americans in scenarios where women don't actually receive any preferential treatment. And haven't for years. And even if white women "benefited" from it (causal relationship?), do they continue to? Why haven't African Americans? Does some white women doing well after AA clearly demonstrate that race-based AA works? Or that AA works at all?
In other words, I'm not getting it. Can you explain the point a little please?
Also, this isn't really a flame thread. (Unless I missed out on some now-edited nasty posts.) It does buy into the "black people are just lazy" stereotype, but it credits African Americans with equal ability. [And does affirmative action - as practiced now - truly credit African Americans with equal ability? You can't tell me that there aren't a whole heck of a lot of "white guilt" folks feeling pretty paternalistically pleased with themselves about helping out poor African Americans.]
And while I certainly wouldn't jump on the bandwagon for the OP, I do think there is something to be said about cultural values on education, peer influence on educational values, family involvement in education and connections to performance.
(Also, to the poster who thinks the "women in science" movement was somehow bigger than the "get minorities to college" movement just ain't paying attention...)