The Persisting Racial Digital Divide:
A new report from the Department of Education finds that 93 percent of all white students in K-12 education use computers either at home or at school. About 86 percent of black children in kindergarten through grade 12 use computers.
But a much larger digital divide is present when we compare Internet use by race. Some 67 percent of all white students in grades K-12 use the Internet; the rate for black students in these grades is only 47 percent.
The higher usage of computers, and more particularly the Internet, gives white students a huge advantage over blacks in competition for places at our nation's most selective colleges and universities.