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Is Howard University Racist? December 21, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in admissions, African Americans, African-American, American Indian, Black, Blacks, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Mexican-American, Racism, Racist, White, Whites.

A college graduate that is applying to law school has sent us some interesting information from the law school applications that they are filling out. We are going to in the following days look more at the possibly racist nature of these law school applications, however, today we would like to share just a few of the facts about Howard University School of Law. To begin with Howard University’s student body is made up of according to U.S. News & World Report:

4 % White

3.8% Asian-American

6.9% International Students

0.7% American Indian

0.0% Mexican-American

2.7% Other Hisp-American

2.2% Unknown

79.8% African-American

Now the irony is that the District of Columbia, where the school is located is made up of according to quickfacts.census.gov:

37.4% White

3.0% Asian-American

0.3% American Indian

8.5% Hispanic / Latino

57.7% African-American

Also this is in contrast to the national averages of:

67.4% White (Non-Hispanic)

4.2% Asian-American

1 % American Indian

14.1% Hispanic / Latino

12.8% African-American

So it can be seen that based on this data on national averages all racial groups are underrepresented at Howard University except for the African-American group.

Which goes against what Howard University’s admission application states that they are committed to helping minorities. Now it could be argued that this discrepancy is based on academic merit and not racial bias, yet, Howard University is a Tier 3 law school according to U.S. News & World Report. This means that it is not in the top 100 law schools that make up the first and second tiers, but it is also not in the worst classified law schools in Tier 4. So the question remains, how is it that other law schools in Tier 3 do not follow these same unequal statistics. Perhaps the answer to this question can be answered from the following statements from Howard University’s application: [Click on picture of the application below for full-size view]


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