I think it's mainly to recover ground for the HUGE racial inequality in our public school system today. Lower funded public schools that are disproportionately black tend to not be as effective...it's all a slippery slope that leads to the whole LSAT disparity (ie, reading comp, etc. it all stems from elementary school and we build upon it all the way up through college). I think it should be based solely on economic disadvantage but whatevs...African Americans who are helped by affirmative action deserve it. Yall have had to put up with a lot of crap.
What have they had to put up with? They get favorable treatment from admissions, and carry the most powerful weapon known to man; the race card. To be honnest, I have no guilt for any minority in this country. They have many oppertunites to cash in on racism in the education, and employment enviornment.