Eighteen Years of Diversity
16 October 2004

Re:
Fewer blacks enroll at U-M by John Wisely, The Detroit News, October 15, 2004, p. 1A.
And:
Fewer black students enrolled by Aymar Jean, The Michigan Daily, October 15, 2004, p. 1.

At the climax of a period of racial turmoil on the University of Michigan campus during the winter of 1987, U of M President Harold Shapiro made a statement:

The single most important thing we have agreed on is that it is in the interest of the university to increase the representation of blacks, proportionate to their numbers in the population. (The Ann Arbor News, March 24, 1987, p. A1)

My, how they have failed!

In the fall of 1986, 335 black students were part of the incoming freshman class at the University of Michigan. The corresponding figure for 2004, as stated in the articles, is 350.

I can't help but wonder if all the institutional and public agonies that have transpired in the intervening years -- the demonstrations, the confrontations, the accusations, the turmoil, the lawsuits, the dishonesty, the brainwashing, the profound deformations of the university's character -- I can't help but wonder if they add up to a suitable price for that little increment of 15 students.

 
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