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Specific Groups => Black Law Students => Topic started by: t1016 on November 08, 2007, 01:50:25 PM

Title: Colorism as Personal Statement
Post by: t1016 on November 08, 2007, 01:50:25 PM
I am just starting to write my personal statements and I have a number of ways that I can go. But wanted to now if it is inappropriate to discuss my encounters with and views on colorism and how it has impacted me? I don't want to discuss a topic the many readers may not understand but I am trying to find one that is out of the box. Any help will be appreciated!

Title: Re: Colorism as Personal Statement
Post by: doubledown on November 08, 2007, 02:22:41 PM
I am just starting to write my personal statements and I have a number of ways that I can go. But wanted to now if it is inappropriate to discuss my encounters with and views on colorism and how it has impacted me? I don't want to discuss a topic the many readers may not understand but I am trying to find one that is out of the box. Any help will be appreciated!



By colorism, do you mean different shades of black/brown?
Title: Re: Colorism as Personal Statement
Post by: t1016 on November 08, 2007, 02:49:24 PM
exactly..referring to the light skinned vs dark skin phenomenon..
Title: Re: Colorism as Personal Statement
Post by: bakongo on November 08, 2007, 03:14:52 PM
I believe that your topic is interesting and can make for a good PS if you can write about it clearly.  I was sort of in the same place when I started my PS: writing about a very personal and complex experience. It took me some months and 10 versions but I reached the point where I conveyed what I wanted to. Just start writing and good luck!

Title: Re: Colorism as Personal Statement
Post by: ! B L U E WAR R I O R..! on November 10, 2007, 02:16:29 AM
ah...finally...

truthful p.o....good luck!
Title: Re: Colorism as Personal Statement
Post by: t1016 on November 13, 2007, 06:52:09 AM
thanks! I wanted to write about a topic that would stand out from the pack, but didn't want to lose my audience..
Title: Re: Colorism as Personal Statement
Post by: TruOne on December 03, 2007, 12:26:30 PM
*scratches head on this one*

The bulk of your Admissions Council folx are gonna be of the Caucasian Persuasion. How many of them really understand the whole "Light v. Dark" "Jiggaboo v. Wannabe" dichotomy between people of color?

I think your PS should focus on telling a simple story that ANYBODY could understand. If you were writing a thesis paper on the topic, then that'd be cool, but you really ain't tryin' to educate anybody within' those 2 pages (Double spaced) that you have to write.
Title: Re: Colorism as Personal Statement
Post by: blk_reign on December 04, 2007, 08:11:31 AM
 :D .. i'm still @ a point where i am trying to understand why so many people are choosing to focus on being black or in this case light v dark phenomenon as their ps.. you're blk.. i get it... but that isn't your life story.. being blk isn't what makes u want to be an attorney...

personally I think that if you want to write about the impact of colorism it would be better used for a Master's program or Doctoral program.. it's more of a sociological theme than legal...


*scratches head on this one*

The bulk of your Admissions Council folx are gonna be of the Caucasian Persuasion. How many of them really understand the whole "Light v. Dark" "Jiggaboo v. Wannabe" dichotomy between people of color?

I think your PS should focus on telling a simple story that ANYBODY could understand. If you were writing a thesis paper on the topic, then that'd be cool, but you really ain't tryin' to educate anybody within' those 2 pages (Double spaced) that you have to right.
Title: Re: Colorism as Personal Statement
Post by: pikey on December 04, 2007, 02:26:21 PM
I am just starting to write my personal statements and I have a number of ways that I can go. But wanted to now if it is inappropriate to discuss my encounters with and views on colorism and how it has impacted me? I don't want to discuss a topic the many readers may not understand but I am trying to find one that is out of the box. Any help will be appreciated!



it's not inappropriate (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=233850). if it's an important issue for you, write  about it.  but your ps doesn't necesssarily have to be "out-of-the-box"; it should be about what you'd most like them to know about you.

A law review article isn't an good comparison for a personal statement.  In fact, a "scholarly" style or topic is probably closer to a "don't" for a ps.  I think blk and tru are right, that it's more suited to a venue where they'd actually care about colorism or at least know what it is.
Title: Re: Colorism as Personal Statement
Post by: naturallybeyoutiful on December 12, 2007, 04:12:50 PM
*scratches head on this one*

The bulk of your Admissions Council folx are gonna be of the Caucasian Persuasion. How many of them really understand the whole "Light v. Dark" "Jiggaboo v. Wannabe" dichotomy between people of color?


Agreed.  I would go with another topic myself...
Title: Re: Colorism as Personal Statement
Post by: greenplaid on December 15, 2007, 01:31:02 AM
*scratches head on this one*

The bulk of your Admissions Council folx are gonna be of the Caucasian Persuasion. How many of them really understand the whole "Light v. Dark" "Jiggaboo v. Wannabe" dichotomy between people of color?


Agreed.  I would go with another topic myself...

Agree as well. Perhaps an Epiphany moment...an insight...a new understanding...
Title: Re: Colorism as Personal Statement
Post by: ! B L U E WAR R I O R..! on December 15, 2007, 02:31:34 AM
believe in yourself...if you are succinct...if you illustrate your point...impact.