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What's Your Favorite Statistic About Race?

These leading thinkers prove that questions of race rarely have simple -- or numerical -- answers.

C. Eric Lincoln, author of Coming Through the Fire
"By 2050, more than half of the people in the United States will be nonwhite. And the Tiger Woods syndrome is upon us."

Glenn C. Loury, Director of the Institute on Race and Social Division at Boston University
"Between 1977 and 1994 the number of first professional degrees (law, business, and medical school, mainly) awarded to African-American women increased by 219 percent (from 776 to 2,477). That number grew by only 5.1 percent for African-American men (from 1,761 to 1,851)."

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Ron Takaki, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley
"Bob Dole announced his support for Proposition 209 in a speech at Little Saigon, in Orange County, Calif. There was a public perception that identified Asian-Americans with the eventually successful assault on affirmative action. But, according to the Los Angeles Times, the Asian-American vote was 61 percent against Prop. 209."

John B. Judis, Senior Editor at the New Republic
"I live in Silver Spring, Md., a racially mixed, middle-class suburb of Washington, D.C., and my daughters go to public school there. They have always had black friends, but by the beginning of middle or high school, these friends had departed for predominantly white private schools. The reason, we learned, was that their parents feared that if they stayed in public schools, they would fall under the spell of other blacks who identified success in school with being white."

Linda Chavez, President, Center for Equal Opportunity
"According to a recent survey conducted by Lou Harris for the National Conference, 46 percent of Latinos and 42 percent of African-Americans agreed with the statement that Asians are 'unscrupulous, crafty, and devious in business,' while only 27 percent of whites agreed; 68 percent of Asian-Americans and 49 percent of African-Americans agreed with the statement that Latinos 'tend to have bigger families than they are able to support,' as did 50 percent of whites; 33 percent of Latinos and 22 percent of Asian-Americans agreed with the statement that African-Americans 'even if given a chance, aren't capable of getting ahead,' yet only 12 percent of whites agreed."

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