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Mismatch by Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor, Jr.

I am all for the use of data to construct solid arguments. However, just because one has a lot of data does not mean you have a solid argument.

Though written a few years ago, Mismatch is a very relevant book. Just a couple of months ago the Supreme Court listened to more arguments concerning racial preferences at the University of Texas. Remarks from Justice Scalia has amplified the debate throughout the country.

So let me get to it. As a book, Mismatch is a bit long, quite repetitive, and at times it contained useless information. As an argument, I can see how one could make an argument against affirmative action and racial preferences. Nevertheless, there is still plenty of valid arguments in favor of affirmative action and racial preferences that make perfect sense. The authors of Mismatch sort of dismiss any critic of their study has having a secret agenda.

I am confused by the moniker of “elite” colleges and universities. Why are colleges more “elite” than others? Having “elite” colleges and “non-elite” colleges seems like a problem that needs to be addressed then.

All in all, I did not walk away from this book feeling more educated about the subject. I walked away feeling confused.