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Black Students At Duke Protest Study

Some black students at Duke University are angry about a study by school researchers that says they and children of alumni are disproportionately more likely to switch to easier majors.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported reported that about three dozen students from the Black Student Alliance held a silent protest Sunday outside Duke Chapel. They held signs about the issue as people left a speech that was part of Duke's annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance.

BSA vice president Marcus Benning says the students believe the study mischaracterizes black students as underperforming. The BSA is planning another event this week and hopes to get faculty involved.

The newspaper said the research is included in a brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court by opponents of affirmative action.


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