What do you consider yourself to be? If I were you, I would check both Indian/South Asian and Black if I could, because that is your heritage. I would then address your West Indian heritage in a diversity statement. I am a Black Bermudian, so I checked the Black/African American box and then talked about my Bermudian/West Indian background in my diversity statement.
The concept of West Indian is a little confusing because like Hispanic, it an ethnic/cultural/geographic term, not a racial term. The original poster mentions being Asian and West Indian, but that doesn't address the race of his/her West Indian parent. The best way to communicate West Indian heritage is through a diversity statement, when you can elaborate on your culture and how it has affected you.
Thanks, I agree with you. I consider myself to be of African/East Indian descent. Unfortunately the online apps on LSAC are not allowing me to check two boxes. That only affects two of my applications though. The rest of the applications give me the option to write in my ethnicity/race and in that case i just write Caribbean Black/South Asian. Thanks for the suggestion on the diversity statement. Guess I will check Black/African-American on the other two and then expound after in the statement.
True, West Indian isnt specific enough for them. As unfair as it is, when you are not Hispanic/Latino, it generally doesnt matter if you come from a culture/region that is multiethnic. Especially when your group is so small here.
Thanks for responding.