Grace Wick Notes has had plenty of questions about the black / white / Asian achievement gap in Oregon in our first year of publication. But not many answers. Perhaps some of the references we have found will be useful. We turn the matter over to our readers, both the general public and policy makers. Research the issue for yourself. We used the same public evidence that others use, but don’t take our word for it. Don’t take anybody else’s word for it. Verify the facts for yourself.
A few final words about the black / white / Asian achievement gap in Oregon. The anonymous staff of Grace Wick Notes is not about to tell anyone to do or say anything in public one way or another. But we do note what many of you already know: these things that cannot be talked about in public are being talked about in private. Friends talk with friends, family talks with family, co-workers talk with co-workers, policy makers talk with policy makers. Keep talking.
There’s not going to be an overnight agreement among all people about the the black / white / Asian achievement gap in Oregon. We are asked to have a conversation about race. That conversation does not always need to end with “… and that happens because white people are racists.”
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Grace Wick Notes will return to regular publication at a future date.