The impressive performance by more than 300 11th and 12th graders from high- poverty high schools in 11 cities across the country in a Harvard course under the auspices of the Equity Lab should serve as evidence that disadvantaged Black and Hispanic students can achieve on a par with their white counterparts (“A College Program for Disadvantaged Teens Could Shake Up Elite Admissions,” The New York Times, Feb. 19).
If stereotype threat indeed plays as powerful a role in determining academic outcomes as widely believed, then these students would never have been able to post the results they did. I’m not saying that it doesn’t exist at all. What I submit is that talent is unevenly distributed among all races. The stress of racism fortunately can be overcome
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