By any number of different yardsticks, African-Americans are being outperformed by their white classmates, as are Hispanic-Americans. Students in well-off areas are outperforming students in poorer rural or urban communities, no matter what skin color.
In the real world, the second sentence completely explains the facts described in the first. Thanks to white supremacy’s long-standing centrality in the nation’s affairs, whites are disproportionately represented in the higher strata of the class pyramid. Racial outcomes are class outcomes, in things like education, for the all-too obvious reasons, cardinal among which is our system of unequal school funding.
Zerobama, of course, merely tacks on the second sentence, however, in order to divert attention from the racial mystification conveyed by his first statement.
And the answer to the supposedly racial “achievement gap”? Nationalize and equalize school funding? Radical redistribution of economic wealth? Universal public pre-school? Doubling education spending?
Nope. Turns out black people with college degrees have to be such shining examples that all social structure and history and poverty will become irrelevant:
[A]ll of you have a separate responsibility — to be role models for your brothers and sisters, to be mentors in your communities and, when the time comes, to pass that sense of an education’s value down to your children.
Let them eat values!