Does college make people less racially tolerant?

A new study shows that college students become increasingly disinterested in promoting racial understanding and diversity for each year they are in school. The longer they are in, the less interest they have in interracial relations. This is true year over year and for all races.

The paper’s authors say these data challenge the conventional wisdom about college and race: the findings suggest that for most students, being in college has no impact on a desire to promote racial understanding, and that those who change do so in the direction of being less committed to intergroup understanding.

“These findings cast doubt on research and conventional wisdom that argues for the liberalizing effects of higher education on racial attitudes. Instead, it suggests that, for some students, negative experiences with diversity may dampen the relatively progressive racial views they hold when entering college,” write the authors in their conclusion.

I don’t find these findings surprising at all. It makes perfect sense that, as people become more educated and more mature, they also become less susceptible to indoctrination by the Diversity Cult. The constant haranguing by educators demanding diversity of everything except thought is bound to have a negative effect over the course of a college career.

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2 Responses to Does college make people less racially tolerant?

  1. oda551 says:

    I think it is also a generational change. The folks in school now have grown up with integrated schools and never dealt with the changes in the 60’s and 70’s. They see plenty of opportunities for minorities and don’t think that more are needed.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    Agreed. Still, is there anyone who has ever been to college or known anyone who has gone to college who hasn’t noticed that seniors are usually a whole helluva lot more cynical about everything than are freshmen?