Texas law professor blames black students’ bad grades on single moms

Lino A. Graglia is a professor at the School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin. Although Graglia has written extensively on subjects pertaining to constitutional law, anti-trust, race discrimination and affirmative action, he has begun to receive considerably more attention from the public for recent comments he made.

While speaking with the BBC, Graglia stated that he could “hardly imagine a less beneficial or more deleterious experience than to be raised by a single parent, usually female, uneducated and without a lot of money.”

Consequently, his remarks have caused a significant amount of backlash since they basically assert that black and Hispanic students are failing academically because they have been raised in single-parent homes, usually by females.

To support his postulation, the professor of law inferred that the proof lies in the fact that the average black performance on the SAT test is 200 points lower than that for the average white student, and that among the black population almost three quarters of children are now born outside of marriage.

Graglia did not leave it there. He continued. “How well do these kids do in math and reading is basically it, and they do less well,” adding “and admitting them into selective schools with large gaps in qualification is not the answer.”

In 1997, Graglia was accused of racism after telling a conservative student group that black and Mexican-American cultures “set children up for failure” since they come from a “culture that seems not to encourage achievement.” –torrance stephens

Lino A. Graglia

Graglia is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and obtained his B.A. and LL.D. from the City College of New York in 1952, and Columbia University Law School in 1954, respectively.


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