theGrio: University Of Texas Professor Blames Poor Black Academic Performance On Single Moms

Source: Kunbi Tinuoye / theGrio

A professor at the University of Texas has sparked controversy following remarks that black students are failing academically because so many are raised in single parent households.

In an interview with BBC’s Radio 4, law professor Lino Graglia said “I can hardly imagine a less beneficial or more deleterious experience than to be raised by a single parent,” Graglia said. “Usually a female, uneducated and without a lot of money.”

He went onto to say, on average, prospective black college students score 200 points lower than their white counterparts in SAT tests. According to the 82-year-old almost three-quarters of black children are born outside of marriage, which stifles their success.

Graglia made his comments to Chicago-based, British born journalist, Gary Younge, as part of a special report on affirmative action in the States. “How well do these kids do in maths and reading is basically it and they do less well,” he said. “And race or segregation or history wouldn’t matter one bit if that was not the case.”

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