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    ...there has been a gap between the degree attainment of white and BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) undergraduates at SOAS, with a greater proportion of white students attaining either a 2:1 or first class degree...The gap is not attributable to a deficit in BME students: any intervention must target institutional factors and not BME students themselves.
    from https://soasunion.org/liberation/attainmentgaps/ (but my underlining)

    There we are, then: a whole world of possibility dismissed by fiat. And suggestions that disparities in attainment might have something to do with the students themselves hardly seems to require a racist explanatory story. Does being white and going to SOAS imply a greater degree of commitment to the subject than does going as a BME student? I dunno: it might. Are the white kids more usually middle class (hint: they are) such that they are less likely, for example, to have to work part-time jobs in term-time?
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    I don't think you need to have the same skin colour or background to build the sort of professional rapport that is required between students and their assigned faculty members.

    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    But doesn't it help to have the same background?
    It shouldn't make a difference.
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