I tend to stay away from these threads because I have no desire to engage in online arguments but I just have to share a story. I never really went to an underfunded public school (although one could consider all NYC public schools inadequately funded). I did have to deal with various forms of racism. At 6 I was told to go back to Africa when I didn't know what that meant. At 10 I was told by a friend his stepfather told him a "n-word is someone who steals a lot." At 13 I was told to reconsider my desire to become a lawyer because "the paralegal field is much easier to get into. At 21 I was told by my prelaw adviser to apply only to schools 15-30 with one of the T14 as my reach, because my URM status didn't mean anything to law schools. All of this happened between 1994 and 2009. Tell me when racism doesn't affect URM's and then I will stop checking African American on my applications.