A NY Times story this week cited several recent studies that show how having a college roommate of a different race can improve racial attitudes. One study at Duke found that white freshmen students were more likely to develop diverse friendships as a result of an interracial roommate sitch, another at Ohio State discovered that black freshmen with high standardized-test scores got better grades when paired with white roommates, perhaps because having a white roommate helped black students adjust more to a predominantly white campus.
So, basically, having a roommate of another race makes you less racist. Unless you’re Asian. The Times piece noted that one study, conducted at UCLA in 2004, found that not only were Asian-Americans the most prejudiced group, but we actually made our roommates more prejudiced. Yikes.
But here’s the upshot. We beat out whites, blacks, and Latinos to be the most racist! We’re number one! Once again, we dominate the college campus! We rule!
(Psst…Is that racist? Really?)
Okay, then, I guess there is no upshot.
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