Color and Money
I saw this advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War Over College Affirmative Action, by Peter Schmidt. Schmidt is a deputy editor at the Chronicle. I don’t have a copy of the book but the excerpt I read on amazon.com is very well-written and just astonishing. There’s a website and blog to accompany the book, where you can find an excerpt and table of contents, a list of books cited or of interest, and links by chapter. These links put a world of information at your fingertips – reports, books, websites for information about schools, etc. Spend some time wandering through those links – you’ll hit some real eye-openers. The blog is a good resource on race and class issues in higher ed, particularly in summarizing a lot of what appears in the pages of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
(Side note: on one of the book lists on the web site I saw “Race Matters” by Cornel West, which happens to be the title of one of my blog categories. I don’t own this book, but it makes me wonder if I ran across it sometime in the past and had the title floating around in the back of my mind when I picked the name for my category. It could be coincidence but I thought I should mention it.)