Friday, March 30, 2018


Racial Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

Filed in Degree Attainments, Research & Studies
March 26, 2018

The National Science Foundation recently released its annual data on doctoral degree recipients in the United States. Data for the annual Survey of Earned Doctorates shows that universities in the United States conferred 54,904 doctorates in 2016.

Of these, 2,360, or 4.3 percent, were earned by African Americans. African Americans earned 6.6 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of this country. Therefore, African Americans earned about one half the number of doctorates that would be the case if racial parity with the U.S. Black population prevailed.

The number of doctorates earned by African Americans in 2016 was up slightly from 2015. But the percentage of all doctoral degree recipients who are African Americans is increasing at only a snail's pace. In 2005, Blacks were 6.2 percent of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who earned doctorates. In 2016 the figure was 6.6 percent.- The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Black Chef Charging White People More than Black People For Their Meals -- And His White Customers Don't Mind It!

A nice meal and a purposeful advocacy? Tunde Wey, a chef from Nigeria, has been offering both through his pop-up stalls that serve meals and aims to change people's racial perspectives. The lunch counter, commonly known as Saartj, however, received opposing remarks for charging white people more than double the Black people pay for their meals.

Wey installed his first pop-up stall at the Roux Carre market in New Orleans, Louisiana last February. The month-long lunch counter is more than just a meal service, but a sociology experiment as well. Wey tries to teach a lesson about racial wealth disparity. In New Orleans, the median income among African American households is $25,806, compared to $64,377 for white households. Nationally, the average wealthy black family makes $140,000 while wealthy white families make $919,000, according to the Urban Institute.

After telling this, he would tell his customers the price: $12 standard price and $30 suggested price. Black customers are charged $12 while White customers would have to choose to pay $12 or $30. "When I tell black folks what's happening, 90 percent of them start laughing, like, 'For real?' They're tickled," Wey laughingly told The Washington Post. "White folks, there's this blank -- this blank look. They're like, 'Huh, okay.'"

Wey did not initially expect favorable results of the experiment. He said he expected White customers not to pay the higher suggested price but it turned out that 80% actually chose to pay the higher price. Moreover, Black customers said no when he asked if they wanted a refund. Some even tried to pay the suggested price of $30 because "they felt obligated to pay the higher price."