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Re: My letter to Texas, plus my summary of the BigTex situation
« Reply #40 on: March 11, 2005, 02:52:26 PM »
When a man adopts a child, he is not a step-parent.  He is a parent.

But does the child automatically gain the hispanic descent?  Conversely, if you adopted a black child, would that child LOSE URM status because by your definition he is now technically white?  Hmmmmm.....

(btw, I'm also a mom of three, on the days I count my husband among my children.   ;) )
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Re: My letter to Texas, plus my summary of the BigTex situation
« Reply #41 on: March 11, 2005, 02:55:35 PM »
my kids are really cute.  the first two are very smart but i'm wondering about this little one right now.  she is baby-talking to a television that isn't on.  it's been a pretty lengthy discussion too.  i wonder what she's saying.

She's saying, "I love you magic box filled with all my friends like Barney, Elmo, and Tinky Winky.  Unlike the cruel real world, you've never let me down.  I love you."  Well, at least that's what I say to the t.v. every day.
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Re: My letter to Texas, plus my summary of the BigTex situation
« Reply #42 on: March 11, 2005, 07:55:35 PM »
Javert... so what's the dilly no response?

I'll bet after he sent the letter, UT called all Javert's other schools to shut him up. I'll bet 30 min from now we will see a frantic thread warning us to be careful
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Re: My letter to Texas, plus my summary of the BigTex situation
« Reply #43 on: March 11, 2005, 08:16:58 PM »
All of this cr@p kind of adds to the reasons why I think AA can be confusing and unfair. These days who should be given URM status is really ambiguous.


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Re: My letter to Texas, plus my summary of the BigTex situation
« Reply #44 on: March 11, 2005, 08:22:15 PM »
Let me add one important issue, and why U Texas may be right in their actions.

BigTex gaining admissions based on identification as Hispanic means another Hispanic who may have gotten the slot did not get admitted.  This disqualified person may have not had as competitive numbers as BigTex, but the fact remains the AA boost for this non-white looking Hispanic is rendered insufficient.

Also given BigTex is racially white and that his wife is non-Hispanic, means the generational purpose of AA has no effect either, as it could have in the case of said  disqualified Hispanic-looking individual.  The same can be true in the other schools where he checked the box claiming to be Hispanic.

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Re: My letter to Texas, plus my summary of the BigTex situation
« Reply #45 on: March 11, 2005, 08:28:19 PM »
I have literally fallen off the face of the earth for a while, but I don't have the time to go through all the threads to see what exactly is the issue (though I will once it gets slow at work). Are y'all arguing the fact that BigTex checked "Other" or "Hispanic" on his applications or that he supplied an addendum regarding his Hispanic upbringing?

If it is just because of the addendum, then I don't perceive a problem. To my knowledge, the basic purpose of these additional "race or personal experiences" addendums is to highlight a component of yourself and/or background that would diversify yourself amoung your classmates. Considering BigTex's background, he really does need an addendum to explain his family background. He would be a "diverse" addition to any law school and would probably have some experiences that need to be expressed (which is the main reason for these addendums in the first place). I am assuming (but I haven't read all these threads so don't flame me too hard) that BigTex thought that the addendum at UT was only for people who had a hardship with their race/background. Now I know many have looked at UT's website and found out it was not the case, but it was BigTex's impression.

Whatever the reason, I hope BigTex's outcome is OK.
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Re: My letter to Texas, plus my summary of the BigTex situation
« Reply #46 on: March 11, 2005, 08:29:31 PM »
Pookie, I love it when you argue...so professional  ;)

You are definitely going to be an awesome lawyer. I'm just glad I am on your good side!  :D
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Re: My letter to Texas, plus my summary of the BigTex situation
« Reply #47 on: March 11, 2005, 08:37:09 PM »
I read it as "gigantic cat tentacles."  Eep! 

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No, no, I definitely wrote "testicles."

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Re: My letter to Texas, plus my summary of the BigTex situation
« Reply #48 on: March 11, 2005, 08:48:43 PM »
Gabeo-- No response yet. I'll report back if I hear anything; however, I imagine Tuesday will be the earliest. 
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Re: My letter to Texas, plus my summary of the BigTex situation
« Reply #49 on: March 11, 2005, 09:09:22 PM »
I support bigtex.  most hispanic people are considered white as far as race is concerned.





Well, I beg to differ on that. I think our perception is off because we base it on what we see in this country. Many Hispanics do have light skin, but if you have ever traveled to countries such as Peru or Bolivia (heavy native population) or Cuba (lots of African blood from the slave trade) you will have a different opinion. And there is a lot of regional variation as well. The bad thing about race/ethnicity is that it is just a construct and therefore can be very misleading.

As for BigTex, I can understand growing up in the culture and "feeling" Hispanic. But what I am not sure about is the fact that he feels Hispanic enough to mark it on applications but yet does not really speak Spanish (I know this from his own posts). Language is such a fundamental part of culture that I can't really understand this. I know his mom is white, but I have a friend with a white mom and he still speaks Spanish. And if BigTex didn't learn it in the home, what about high school? College? It just seems to me that if someone identifies with a culture as much as BigTex says he does, why is he not at least near fluent in the language? Perhaps I am just biased because of my own situation as a non-Hispanic who loves the culture and, as a result, made the effort to learn the language.