I'll say this, but first I'll provided a caveat- I haven't read the whole thread. Alas, ADD and laziness take their toll after a while.
I agree that King would have supported AA, but only in order to advance his dream (read Trevor's post, which was very well stated). AA should be at best a transitory period- the question becomes how will we know when that period has been exhausted?
On another tangent, I think that AA is a failure. It is simply designed to do something that it cannot do.
I don't care what color a person is, if they had one iota of Dr. King's internal motivation, they would succeed in this world. Nothing could stop them. Nothing. Of course, King's genius was realizing that he was different from most people in this regard. But it is not stretching the truth to say that AA is a huge advantage for a URM that chooses to use it; sadly, many choose not to because they fall too far behind as children.
The problem with AA is that it cannot create internal motivation, only opportunities for those who want them. I've said it before- it would serve minorities better if the government funded programs that helped families raise their children in productive and intellectually stimulating environments.
Here's some suggestions:
1. Free learning centers in urban settings.
2. Free laptops to each qualifying family with educational software.
3. Summer learning camps for URMs during elementary school.
4. You get the idea.
Until this happens, you are going to see the same thing over and over again- scores upon scores of minorities that never get a chance to apply to law school because their childhoods doomed them to a life of failure.
AA is tantamount, in many cases, to handing a guy a saddle when he's never seen a horse.