I read a post earlier about something similar so I got curious.
My mother's side of my family is hispanic and my father's side of the family is white (non-american). We immigrated to the US when I was around 5 and we had to leave 10 years later due to immigration problems. We were a family of 6 and we barely pulled in 30k/yr. Needless to say, our socio-economic condition was pretty bad.
Anyway, I've always put down "white" on my school applications because I wanted to get accepted without having people tell me that the only reason I got in was because I pull out the "race-card." That is, until now. Now, my goal is to get into one of the T3 law school and I really don't care what people say. I'm wondering if I can still put down "hispanic" on my applications. I'm wondering if this would be acceptable since I barely speak any spanish and I have no cultural identity of my own, having studied in the US for the past 15 years while my family tried to adopt a "white" image to fit in.
Sorry if this is a stupid question. I would appreciate any advice you can give.
PS - my stats currently are UGPA:3.8,GGPA:3.7,LSAT:(going to take in June but averaging 170 on my preptests) My UG/G schools were both in the T14.
I think its a personal call. The point of affirmative action is to give brownie points to people who were at some disadvantage growing up due to society's prevalent treatment of their race. While growing up as half hispanic, were you at some disadvantage for that very reason, or was it the other factors you mentioned that put you at a disadvantage? I don't know you or your experiences so I can't tell you what to do. If you suffered a disadvantage due to your racial mixture, then use the system as it was intended. However, if being half hispanic placed you at no real disadvantage, but you still try to use the URM card to gain acceptance, then I think you would be in the same category as people here in Mobile who tried to obtain FEMA Money and Govt programs after Katrina when, in fact, they suffered no real damage. Technically, they qualified for the benefits simply because they lived in a federally declared disaster area, but they really didn't qualify for the purpose of those programs. As far as how you view yourself, don't feel like you have some self-esteem or psychological issues because you think of yourself as one race or another. Sorry, but that's bogus for people who try to make you feel bad because you don't "celebrate" your heritage. Live as you think best. However, be honest on your applications and put your racial mixture since they asked and you want to give an honest answer.