people always site strict numbers when talking about AA. and always make the assumption that underqualified minorities are being selected over qualified minorities and in many cases thats false. when talking about numbers u have to look at the entire picture. saying only 29 were blk with a certain GPA and score means relatively little if u don't look at the total number of blks taking the LSAT in the first place.
true, law schools look at numbers, but they also look at other variables such as trends in grades, hardships, rigor of study, etc. we ALL know this and if we didn't think it mattered we wouldn't ALL be trying to spin ourselves trying to show how unique we are or writing addendums to explain our numbers and hardships.
people say base everything on numbers, but thats not fair considering the gaps in education. urban schools serving minority populations can not compete with suburban schools and schools in more affluent neighborhoods. its not b/c the students in the poor neighbor hoods aren't intellectually capable, its b/c they don't have access to the same resources and thats a fact. people in these schools start with a disadvantage and spend most of their education playing catch up. so if a student from this situation can go to college, many are still trying to master things that most have already learned so of course it will be harder for this person to produce a 4.0.
i am not trying to justify lower gpas and scores, but i am trying to provide an alternative way of looking at it.
someone here said something about it being insulting to say "thats pretty good for an African-American" i don't always think that and realize that scoring a 155 with a 3.0 is good for anyone that doesn't have access to certain resouces and lived in a certain enviroment. it just so happens that peopel in these situations are minorities.
before u get into the "white people have those experiences too" argument, I don't deny that fact, but poor white people are still white and have access to the privilege that comes from being white in America.
ok, this is kinda long and probably doesn't make sense, but oh well. i will find out soon enough.