“Working with incarcerated youth and with NYU students teaches a sobering lesson about American injustice, of which the recent events surrounding Michael Brown’s murder at the hands of ferguson police are only the latest reminder: black boys pay far more dearly than white boys for the very same youthful stupidities–or ineffectual parenting or lousy schools.
If I or any of my high school friends had been black we would have done jail time for sure and may not have enjoyed the lives we built by going to college. Our youthful indiscretions were mistakes to learn from, not grounds for incarceration.
The box on college admissions compound this injury. Eliminating it will not end the larger injustice, but it will chip away at the waste of talent we currently allow.”