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Letter: Race plays no role in determining academic success

(07/12/00 4:00am)

As a 1994 Duke alumnus, I take issue with Dave Nigro's column about "affirmative inaction." Like so many, he reflexively equates "diversity" with a "lack of merit." This is ludicrous on its face. In fact, you can't have real excellence and merit without diversity. Just to dispel one notion-I was an African-American student at Duke who was on the Dean's List or Dean's List with Distinction for six semesters in a row. Many of my friends that were minorities similarly excelled, with one African-American graduate in the Class of 1995 clerking with the Supreme Court.