first, north africa and the middle east IS NOT AFRICAN by definition of the government's census. so if you are morrocan you are not african american. for application or any other sake. HOWEVER, if you family was kicked out of spain during the inquisition in 1492 you are hispanic. its messed up, i know, cause its been almost 600 years, which is probably enough time to not need AA on your side to get into law school. To me, it would make more sense to give AA to new immigrants than it is to define groups by historical events of the 1400's, but that's just me.
Has anybody noted that on almost all applications, there are seperate sections for declaring race/ethnicity, and for explaining racial/socio-economic/historic disadvantage? That is, as long as you answer both honestly, you are not misleading or doing anything morally improper. For example, my family is mexican. However we speak only english, and my parents have worked hard to make a good living. My brother and I have not been disadvantaged, and so I did not claim to come from a disadvantaged background on that section of the applications. In fact, my personal statement speaks to what a great family life I've had and makes no reference to our background. I did however check off the hispanic box on the application, because that is truthfully my background. I explained in my diversity statement how I felt my background affected my views on important issues, such as the current immigration policy. I feel as though people are saying if youre not poor then you're not a minority. That's false.