The Liberal Order links to a fascinating study on the Cost of “Acting White” by Roland Fryer and Paul Torelli.
Among whites, higher grades yield higher popularity. For blacks, higher achievement is associated with modestly higher popularity until a grade point average of 3.5, when the slope turns negative. A black student with a 4.0 has, on average, 1.5 fewer same-race friends than a white student with a 4.0. Among Hispanics, there is little change in popularity from a grade point average of 1 through 2.5. After 2.5, the gradient turns sharply negative. A Hispanic student with a 4.0 grade point average is the least popular of all Hispanic students, and has 3 fewer friends than a typical white student with a 4.0 grade point average.
“Acting white” isn’t an issue for blacks in predominantly black schools or in private schools, the researchers say.