Racism is acceptable when it is against the right group of people. Total numbers? Seems like you pop up to defend Left racism? But you know what, Mike. I blame you and your ideologues for where exactly where the Blacks are academically. The most tragic thing about affirmative action in higher education is that it is an blatant attempt to create a Potemkin campus, and in doing so papers over the much more fundamental and important problems in minority primary schools, thus preserving the very achievement gap it tries so hard to pretend doesn't exist. If they were admitted based on their actual academic qualifications, now THAT would be a reason enough to "feel good about themselves" wouldn't it? But, when you are admitted because some white liberals think that, because of your skin color, you are really too stupid to be there without their benificent handout, well that would be a good reason to not feel good about yourself. As I read the statistics -- available in great detail at http://apa.wisc.edu/...s_grad_ret.html -- African American students have about 50-55% graduation rate, compared with the "all new students" graduation rate of 80-85%. Whilst other explanations are possible, at a minimum this large a differential in graduation rates suggests minority students are admitted with lower skill levels and that is reflected in lower graduation rates. Let me repeat then, Racism is acceptable when it is against the right group of people.