White Privilege in the Educational System

by Farzana on November 17, 2016 - 12:25am

The article Race to College: The “Reverse Gap” written by William Mangino argues that a reverse gap exists in the college educational system. Mangino does an experiment using a group of 12,576 people of five different races but only focusing of whites and blacks. The author wants to break the stereotype that black people are drop outs and white people are high graduates. In his article, the author wants to make us aware of the white privilege that white people have by mentioning the fact that black people know that “hard work [produce] the house [they] live in, the clothes [they were], the food [they eat]” (Mangino , 2010 ) but they know that it is harder for them to succeed.  Even if they make it to their goal, it seems like the final rewards cannot be compared to “those of whites” (Mangino , 2010) and that they had to “work twice as hard to get half as far”(Mangino , 2010). While doing his experiment, William Mangino took many factors in consideration such as the “race’ of the respondents, their income, their parents, income, the neighborhood’s average income and other fact that could impact their progression at school. Mangino took datas in 1995 and compared them to the data he got in 2002 with the same people. The final result of the experiment was that in fact, black people with the same socioeconomic status than the white people could get higher studies or equivalent studies but unfortunately they found less jobs once they graduate.


I believe that this study is efficient to show two points:  there is in fact a white privilege probably not explicitly in the educational system but in the system in general and that the stereotype of black drop outs and white high graduate is not true. Although this study is overall good to back up his arguments and show his goals, I have difficulty to think that his studies can be true in other institution or other countries. I think he did a good job, but the fact that only 16% percent of his respondent were black people I feel that it is not as relevant as it could potentially be if he had more respondent. I personally do believe that white privilege exists and that experiment could have proven it but with more subjects. In my opinion, it is still exposing facts such as the black people getting higher study degree than the whites with the same socioeconomic status as them but they definitely had more difficulty to find a job. This experience would be an example of white privilege. White privilege is a bag of unearned goods/benefits that white people have.


I was drawn to this post because of your introduction. I was very curious to read more about the research that had been done on how white students perform vs. black students when their financial status was the same. The results had surprised me to see that black students performed the same and if not better than white students. This was most likely because of the stereotype black students have are less likely to work hard in school. I grew up in a town that had an above average income per household. There were very few black students originally from my town who had a high income level. The majority of the black students in my school came from the city and had lower income levels. For the most part, black students from my town exceeded standards academically. From this research and from my own experience maybe we can come to the conclusion that income level heavily influences how students perform in school. Although it is unfortunate that these black students in this research did not get the same job opportunities we can see that every human is capable of succeeding in school regardless of race.

I was initially drawn to this post by the title- since it addresses a very important topic in the United States educational system today. I agree with the main points of this article, particularly the fact that black people with the same socio-economic status as a white person can often times have fewer job opportunities, despite having an equal or higher degree. I also agree with your point that this study may not correlate well to other institutions, or the fact that only 16% of the respondents were black may affect the accuracy of the survey. I think that if he had surveyed a more diverse group of people the perhaps he would have come to a different conclusion. I found this post to be very insightful, and I am interested in reading further into the article.

The topic of this post initially drew me in because of its importance and relevance in today's society. In addition to this, I found that I should be informed on this subject considering that I am a college student and in the main age group of the article. Your statement that the stereotypes involving African American drop outs are severely incorrect was very powerful and very true. Providing an article that proves this point while also recognizing the discrepancies in the article was very smart on your part. It was right to establish that the limited amount of African Americans can affect the outcome of the study. Even with this in mind, it is very true that a black individual with the same socioeconomic background as a white individual is likely to be more limited in their educational and employment opportunities. This post demonstrated this reality very well and this should be a topic that is discussed more in society.

I agree with your statement about the study being true in other countries and other institutions. This post drew my attention because in class we have been learning about the race issue and how different cultures can affect your jobs and earnings. I thought it was interesting that only 16% of the people that responded were black. I also agree that this example shows that white privilege is actually a thing in the United States.

I agree with your statement about the study being true in other countries and other institutions. This post drew my attention because in class we have been learning about the race issue and how different cultures can affect your jobs and earnings. I thought it was interesting that only 16% of the people that responded were black. I also agree that this example shows that white privilege is actually a thing in the United States.

This was a very intriguing article.What drew me to it was the term “white privilege”.I must confess I know nothing of this white privilege.I always thought the term “blue blood” meant privileged and I was just curious as to when privilege came to a whole race of people.
After reading this piece,I also was confused as to what was meant that black people people’s goals were achieved but the rewards did not measure up to white people's rewards.This is a little vague.vague. Aren't one's goals and rewards a personal thing? Thus,how can you compare black people goals and rewards to white people’s?There is an adage that say you are comparing apple to oranges and I think that fits this post.
I enjoyed this post in the fact that it stresses the undertone of racism that black people have to face Racism is an obstacle. I agree.Obstacle are meant to be overcome.I find it admirable that racism obstacle have been overcome.JackIe Robinson is an American hero who deserves all the accolades he receives.There are countless others who have faced the gauntlet of racism and have prevailed.We still have a long way to go though.Take heed progress is being made!

This title was extremely interesting and drew me in because I think the concept of the inequality and discrimination in schools is not talked about enough. We are born and bred in a country that strides itself on equal opportunity for people of disadvantage or poverty to rise out of the ashes and overcome the impossible. We are taught to understand that everyone, no matter ethnicity or socioeconomic status, will be given access to the same education. However, as many of us college students have come to realize, this is not always the case. I completely agree with your points about the ability to get a job being impacted by race. Senior year of high school I went through an extremely uncomfortable and memorable experience. Ever since I was younger, I have had two best friends, one of whom was white and the other black. We all became aware of an extremely coveted internship that one lucky student would get after graduation, and the two of them decided to apply for it. This by itself made me nervous, but I just stood aside and was ready to deal with the repercussions when we found out who got it. Celina, white, and Abigail, African American, pushed each other away before they even found out who got it. Then the day came when Celina got the acceptance letter. Abigail cried in my arms. They both had the same GPA, both played a varsity sport, and Abigail even did better on her SAT. It made no sense, but then again it almost made too much sense. Deep down we all knew that the color of her skin was the determining factor, but none of had the courage to say it. I think that is why your piece of writing is so important. This issue is prevalent everywhere, but people are too afraid to acknowledge the obvious. I think what could make your point even stronger is if you delved deeper into why these social structures that limit job distribution are the way that they are. It could add compelling evidence to an already great piece!

What drew me to this post was the title because it is defiantly something that is on ongoing struggle in america. Also because as a college student who will soon be looking to enter into the working world I believe it is something that is important to be aware of. I like the fact that the researcher compared data from two different time periods in the same decade which was interesting. I was also surprised that the effect of white privilege seem to be much more of a factor after people left school but that gives me hope that as we progress that might change because our generation seems much more social aware and hopefully this kind of privilege can become less of a factor.