Because I am an inveterate optimist who likes to think the best of other folks, I’m going to assume for the sake of the following argument that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and former governors Jim Hunt, Mike Easley, and Bev Perdue sometimes sign documents they’ve not closely read.

I make that assumption because they and several other Democratic governors and former governors of Southern states have just intervened as amici curiae in a matter before the U.S. Supreme Court. Its justices are considering two related cases challenging the use of racial preferences by the admissions departments of Harvard, the nation’s oldest private university, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s oldest public one.

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John Hood is a John Locke Foundation board member.

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One might expect the racial diversity of a public university, like UNC Chapel Hill, to be fairly representative of the racial diversity of the state where it is located. Presumably, that would be one possible yardstick by which to measure the "fairness" of an institution's inclusivity. According to data aggregated by College Factual, the racial breakdown for UNC Chapel Hill is as follows; I have contrasted the numbers with the percentages of each racial group for North Carolina as a whole.

White: 59% / 62%

Asian: 10% / 3%

Black: 8% / 20%

Hispanic: 8% / 11%

So. Folks who identify as white are represented on Chapel Hill's campus quite similarly to their proportion in the overall population in North Carolina. Asian students are actually *overrepresented* by over three times the state population percentage--contrary to what Hood seems to be suggesting--and Black students are *underrepresented* by a factor of 2.5. I'm not a statistician, but it's difficult for me to clearly see the racism against white and asian folks.

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