Patrick Ben III at the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When he was a student at an urban public high school, Ben says, “I understood that a lot of the things I did to prepare for college I would have to do myself.” Credit: Camilla Forte/The Hechinger Report

The college-going gap between Black and white Americans was always bad. It’s getting worse.

As states push back against diversity programs, and the Supreme Court considers whether to eliminate affirmative action in admissions, a central question remains: whether the playing field has finally been leveled, especially between white and Black Americans who aspire to college educations and the higher quality of life they bring.

The answer? Not only has this equity divide failed to narrow — it’s getting worse.

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