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A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind
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Nov 28, 2009

it was ok
Read in November, 2009

I thought it was pretty interesting to see a liberal, wealthy, white institution from the view of a rather conservative, poor African-American. However, the book does not get much more compelling than just pretty interesting. In fact, completely against the intended purpose, this book has only made me dislike the idea of affirmative action more. Not only has this proven that even the very brightest poor have an incredibly hard time at highly selective institutions (in fact, these colleges are much more likely to have black kids turn away from an intended math or science major than historically black ones), there seems to be even less hope for the not-so-gifted kids (who seem to have some sort of inborn anti-intellectualism). There is also no effort to present any of the so-called positive effects of the main character's diversity at the school.

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