Racism and Affirmative Action -Reply -Reply

Richard Swerdlin Swerdlin at COEFS.COE.UNT.EDU
Mon Feb 12 09:13:00 MST 1996

Steve Laib:

    The comment you made about lawyers was interesting.  Evidently
"self-segregation" continues.

    In visiting various elementary schools, teachers mix freely in
the lounges and cafeterias, so that race does not seem to be very
prominent in their mind (at least as it pertains to fellow teachers).
Here at a public university in Denton, there are few black teachers,
even though enrollment is over 20,000.  A contributing factor is
salary, since black teachers can usually draw higher salaries
elsewhere in Texas.  There is continuing pressure on the
administration to recruit black teachers more actively, but again the
money factor cannot be ignored, realistically speaking.

Richard Swerdlin
(swerdlin at coefs.coe.unt.edu)

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