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News Discussion / Re: Virginia Tech Massacre
« on: April 17, 2007, 03:41:34 AM »
32 innocent people are dead, who gives a rats ass about sovereign immunity.  Now is not the time to analyze the prospect of legal success. 

TITCR.  Not yet, man. Maybe not ever.

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Affirmative Action / Re: Blacks and LSAT scores
« on: April 17, 2007, 01:54:51 AM »
Last post on this area of the LSD board:

Would you rather be admitted based on the content of your character, the color of your skin, or both? 

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Affirmative Action / Re: Blacks and LSAT scores
« on: April 17, 2007, 01:25:52 AM »
In agreeing with affirmative action based on race, you're saying that you wish to be judged on the color of your skin AND the content of your character as opposed to just the latter.  If you've had four years of undergraduate course study in addition to the opportunity for full-time work experience before law school, let your remarkable achievements speak for themselves.   

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Affirmative Action / Re: Blacks and LSAT scores
« on: April 17, 2007, 01:12:20 AM »
Good luck trying to blame black people when you make rambling and incoherent arguments in class.

Well, if I follow Kanye's logic, I should go to a law school that is all white and will have no one to blame but other white people.  Incoherent logic?  Is asking for a level playing field and to be judged on the content of one's character instead of the color of their skin illogical?  Do you not see that this is the exact opposite of what the man who spoke those words intended? 

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Affirmative Action / Re: Blacks and LSAT scores
« on: April 17, 2007, 01:09:49 AM »
If a equal system like the one I mentioned above is unattainable, then treat it like the tax bracket system in America.  White people don't pay more or less than non-whites based on the history of their race.  They pay based on the current financial state.  If a white person makes less money than a black person, let them pay less taxes.  If a black person makes less than a white person, let them pay less.  Along the same lines, if you are looking to bring people who are at the bottom rung and mistreated in our society, grab those at the bottom and bring them up.  It is ignorant to assume that because someone is of a certain skin type, they have necessarily overcome more adversity than someone who is of another skin type.  I'm sure that many of you know people of other colors who are more fortunate and who are less fortunate than you.  Do they deserve to be placed before you or after you because they check off that they were born of a different race or do they deserve to be placed based on who they are and what they have made with themselves?

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."  Do you think the man who made this comment would be happy to hear that his dream has come true in such a way that a person like "BlackCobra" on LSN cannot accept his admission to Harvard because he feels it may be based on affirmative action?  I don't think so.  A person of his character, a person who would turn down acceptance to basically the Holy Grail of law schools (Yale aside) because he is not certain he earned it based on merit, deserves to be judged based on his character...and character he certainly does not lack.  

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Affirmative Action / Re: Blacks and LSAT scores
« on: April 17, 2007, 12:55:59 AM »
Alright, what if the Dean of Harvard came out and said "White people should go to white people schools and black people should go to black people schools..."  For the sake of the argument, let's say that the dean makes this statement at the top of Mt. Everest having scaled it in one day's time, only to return to the basin via crab crawl. 

Kanye makes a statement like this and I bet hardly anyone hears of it.  I'm not gonna sit here and say rap is ruining society like others, mostly because I listen solely to rap music, and I'm not going to say that their use of black language makes it okay for white people to use the same verbage because it doesn't.  What I will say is that I don't care what color your skin is, racist remarks should be treated all the same.  Be it harsh or lenient, there should be a standard that transends skin color and ethnic background and applies to all people young and old.  Since you bring up Don Imus, I'll play along and say that if he is taken off the airwaves for being racist, Kanye should be as well.  I don't ask for special treatment for whites or blacks or economically disadvantage, all I ask for is a level playing field where everyone is treated equally and everyone is accountable for their own personal actions.         

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Affirmative Action / Re: Blacks and LSAT scores
« on: April 16, 2007, 11:25:03 PM »
Correct, if I look at the HISTORY books, I will find these things.  History.  Granted, it hasn't been 50 years since Brown v Board was decided, but it does seem in our current society (or at least where I am in the south) that people are overly reactionary to racial comments.  Kanye West can come out and say that "White people should only make white music" but I gaurantee if Steve Yzerman came out and said "Black people should only play black sports," he would be lambasted.  Imus and Duke Lacrosse are irrelevant.  Several black comedians make a living mocking white males and their created attributes/characteristics.  There is a double-standard in our current society.  Look at the hiring policies in the NFL.  Each team owner is required to interview a black candidate if a head coaching job becomes available.  Do they require that white men be invited to the NFL training camps when a spot at RunningBack opens up?  Naw.


Further, how will I benefit from my "white maleness" if I can't even get in to my target schools?  I'm not concerned about my dream schools or my reach schools.  Those are not why I am upset.  I'm upset that a person with a 3.4+ GPA and a 169 LSAT gets waitlisted at 9 of the top 30 schools and this guy (http://lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?user=grard1234) gets those results with 3.36 and a 160.  His numbers should have him as an auto-reject at UPenn.  I have a lot of respect for a different person on LSN who ran a test of sorts with the admissions committees at Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Columbia.  Read his project at: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?user=BlackCobra122.  He has a 167 and a 3.53 and gets accepted to Harvard when he lists himself as a black male, yet rejected at Michigan when he purposely refrains from telling the adcomms he is black.  Explain that.  How is that fair to him?  He can't even take advantage of his acceptance to Harvard without thinking that it's because he was black.  He went on to be accepted by Georgetown without disclosing his racial information, while turning down his acceptance to Harvard.  I admire him for not getting ahead on what he presumed was based solely on race. 


IMO, affirmative action should be changed to include those who are at a socio-economic disadvantage.  If student's parents are millionaires, should they get into a law school over someone who is living at the poverty level and still manages to post better grades/LSAT scores?  Answer this question in the following cases: white millionaire/white poverty student, white/black, black/white, and black/black.  Sadly, most people automatically assume that if you are a URM, you are also at an economical disadvantage and vice versa for whites.  Based on historical precedent, that would be correct.  However, it is my belief that we are passed those days and that it is not exclusively an issue of black-white anymore, but rich-poor.  Noone can argue that there is an increasing disparity in wealth levels in America.  Likewise, noone can argue that race relations are not getting better.  The status of race relations is of course up for debate and can be framed in several ways depending on one's agenda.   


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Wait List / Re: Which LSD'er has the most waitlists?
« on: April 16, 2007, 03:16:15 PM »
Ha! Just got #9 in the mail today.  Totals now: 3 acceptances, 9 waitlists, 9 rejections, 2 pending.  Awesome....

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UT 2L Taking Qs
« on: April 16, 2007, 11:05:14 AM »
Yes.  Do we know each other?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UT 2L Taking Qs
« on: April 16, 2007, 01:16:46 AM »
It sounds like you've been given a lot of suggestions on where to live, but you're kinda in to the DT thing.  Where are you from?  I ask because DT Austin is probably unlike most cities you will encounter.  I'm sure you will get the feel when you arrive, but you can never really go wrong living DT in a big city...you may overpay but as long as you can sell it off after you leave Austin, you won't be the one that takes the hit.  Austin is a huge owner's market in that there are always people looking to buy a place and there are only so many places to live.  Landlords rule the day down here, so you can definitely unload a DT condo should you choose to go that way.  You will literally have no problem selling it.  HTH. 

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