lolla, the issue is not just this "old fart," ALL criminals should be punished and rot in jail!
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To answer the original question, I understand it's betterto say one's ethnicity than not to. I know a student who's now left Boalt but who was on the adcom, and who said that they preferred to have race and income fully filled in, even if it appeared the applicant is white and financially/socially privileged. According to her, at least this way the person was coming out with who they were and weren't hiding, which is seen as more suspect in her opinion.
I thought it was interesting at the time.
WE, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE NOR CLAIM WARD CONNERLY. HE IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO OUR RACE. WE ARE INSULTED BY ANY POSTING OF HIM TO BLACK HISTORY MONTH WHEN HE DENIES HIS OWN HERITAGE AND GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING THAT BLACK HISTORY AND OUR ANCESTORS ARE ABOUT AND HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO ACCOMPLISH.
This topic is not supposed to be heated or emotional! I just have some basic questions that I would like answered. Call me dumb about the topic, but don't call me mean!
AFF AXN Definition:
A policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment.
1) If I was rejected from an Ivy for undergrad even though I have the same scores as an URM that was accepted to the same Ivy, and I now attend an average public undergrad..then isnt that a form of discrimination...and shouldnt I be given an advantage ("to redress past discrimination") over that URM when I apply to Graduate programs?
2) Must each individual that recieves affirmative action prove a specific example of when someone previously discriminated against them?
3) Does attending the same University not provide an equal opportunity? How can affirmative action persist past undergrad (i totally understand this effort to provide people from different socioeconomic backgrounds the same opportunity)? And if it does, then shouldn't it only exist to even the playing field between Harvard Graduates and Random Community College graduates?
Again, nothing hateful...only clarification please !
Gonna apply to LS next year, and i was just wondering if Asians benefit/gain an advantage from AA?
What exactly is "cultural capital" anyway?
It's just another way of honoring diversity at an institution of higher learning.
You ensure that kind of diversity by hiring:
a queer latina marxist
a disabled marxist
an Israel-denouncing jewish marxist
an african american marxist
a transgendered marxist
a curious-bi mr. sensitive white guy marxist
an asian-p-a marxist
It's actually pretty easy to make certain that a rainbow of heritages are honored at your institution. As long as the faculty is similarly diverse, the students will fall in line, and you can see the results of that 'education' right here on LSD.
Cultural capital is not 'just another way of honoring diversity...' The term 'cultural capital' is a social phenomenon that has been researched and written about by a broad range of economists, philosophers, sociologists, political scientists, etc. There is a wealth of knowledge about this topic and describing it in such an overly-simplistic and superficial way like the above poster did fails to do the concept justice.