Clearly, it is undeniable that racism still exists. But when it comes to the achievement gaps in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools, should we solely focus upon perceived racism? Could the misdiagnosis of the problem actually be the cause for a worsening achievement gap and deteriorating learning environments?
After receiving data about out-of-wedlock birthrates in Minneapolis and St. Paul from the Minnesota of Department of Health, it would appear that other factors than race are at work. Consider the charts above, particularly the differences in out-of-wedlock rates between native and non-native African-Americans.
While none of those birthrates are any good, some are simply awful. In fact, they're downright depressing.