Revisiting ‘disparate impact’ outcomes

Ever since the Supreme Court ruled in Griggs v. Duke Power Company in 1971 that disparate racial outcomes constitute discrimination, the issue has never really been settled (“Disparity Doesn’t Necessarily Imply Racism,” The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 25). Only now has Roland Fryer told the truth.

The fact is that knowledge and skills differ widely both within any racial group and between all racial groups. As a result, gaps in test results are not always because of discrimination.  They occur because people differ in their wherewithal.  It’s time to accept reality.

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