The Wall Street Journal reports:

But after classes — and after the occasional Obama rally — most black and white students on college campuses go their separate ways, living in separate dormitories, joining separate fraternities and sororities and attending separate parties.
[David Sparks]

“It’s much harder to be a white person and go to an all black party at Duke than vote for Obama, says Jessie Weingartner, a Duke junior. “On a personal level it is harder to break those barriers down.”

The Williams connection?

Some blacks respond that black students — like all students — room with people they are comfortable with. What’s more, they say living among backs eases some of the pressure and isolation of being a minority at a predominantly white institution.

“When I was at Williams [in Williamstown, Mass.] I thought I had a lot of white friends,” says Ashley Brown, a black graduate student at Duke. “But I look on Facebook and I see that they all go to visit each other. But none of them come down here to visit me.” She pauses. “Of course, I haven’t gone to see them either.”

Brown is class of ’07, so she was at Williams during free agency (when there was significant self-segregation by students, both by race and within some sports) and during the neighborhood system. Do more white students live with black students now that Morty has ensured that each neighborhood has 25% of the black students on campus?

Of course, what we really need is a senior thesis which looks at racial interactions at the Williams of today. Is there a “black table” at Paresky? Are rooming groups racial mixed? Such a thesis would be read by dozens of people and could be supported in a wide variety of departments, e.g., Economics, Political Science, Math/Statistics, and Sociology. Who will write it?

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