Could being raised by in a low-income household by a single mother set a student up for failure? That’s one professor strongly believes.
Lino Gragalia, a University of Texas Law School professor, told BBC that he believed many black and Hispanic students are failing academically because they were raised in single parent homes by females who lacked the socioeconomic wealth that is necessary to push them towards success.
He told the British news organization that he could “hardly imagine a less beneficial or more deleterious experience than to be raised by a single parent, usually female, uneducated and without a lot of money.”
Gragalia also expressed his distaste for institutions that seek to increase diversity.
“How well do these kids do in maths and reading is basically it and they do less well. No doubt the race and segregation may have a lot to do why that’s the case, but it is the case and what to do about it now? And admitting them into selective schools with large gaps in qualification is not the answer.”
Representatives from the League of United Latin American Citizens were offended by the comments, calling for the resignation of Graglia from his UT position.
“Graglia believes that minority students come from a culture of failure. He knows nothing of our culture and has never crawled down from his ivory tower to find out.”
Graglia’s outspoken banter on race and success is not the only story to arise from the Lone Star state. The University of Texas is currently dealing with an affirmative action case in the Supreme Court after Abigal Fisher, a white student who was rejected from UT, filed a complaint claiming that her race was the reason why she was forced to attend a second-tier college.