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An Opinion That Changed After Coming to College

Before I started college, I was under the impression that African Americans are less intellectually-capable than White Americans. This stereotype was based on the observation that most entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are White Americans and the same is true on Wall Street and in other professions with the exception of sports. Even though White Americans are the largest racial group in America, their representation in leadership positions as compared to African Americans is far greater than what their relative population ratios would suggest. As I started college and got more opportunities to interact with African Americans and observe their academic performance, I realized that my initial perception was ill-founded. African Americans are not under-represented in leadership positions across professions because they are intellectually inferior to White Americans but due to racial prejudice that limits academic and professional opportunities as well as the effects of historical discrimination.