A controversial law professor out of Texas is once again making headlines after he gave an interview to a BBC radio show. During the interview, Professor Lino Graglia basically implied that Blacks and Latinos raised in single parent households can't compete with whites.
Now he doesn't qualify his statement by saying whether or not these black and brown kids are competing with white kids that also come from single parent households, but rather he just makes a blanket statement about the ability of black and brown kids who grew up in a single parent household.
Here's how Gawker is reporting this story:
Controversial University of Texas at Austin law professor Lino Graglia gave an interview to the BBC in which he claims, among other things, that blacks and Latinos can't compete with white students, particularly because of the fact that so many of them are raised in single-parent households. Graglia's interview was related to the fact, as we've told you, UT is currently in a battle with a white student it rejected who claims that the school's affirmative action program is to blame for her having to go to a second-rate college.
In 1997, Graglia came under fire again for telling a conservative UT student group that the black and Mexican-American cultures set children up for failure. "They have a culture that seems not to encourage achievement," he said. "Failure is not looked upon with disgrace."
As one who was raised in a single parent household, I use to get really offended by statements like this. The main reason for my offense was that I felt that people like Professor Graglia was taking a shot at my mother and that's just one thing that I don't tolerate. You can't say anything about my mother.
But once I grew up, I realize that statements like Graglia is just spoken out of ignorance and a simple mind that clings to simple answers in order to explain life's complicated questions.
Black and brown students may lag behind white students when it comes to education but to blame it on being raised in a single parent household does nothing to get at the real root of the problem which is poverty and access.