When applying for the t15 schools will applying as a redneck enhance my chance of admission? We rednecks have many obstacles to overcome whether it be Jack Daniels, reading and ritin, or whippin terrorists arse all the time. We are obviously discriminated against heavily in the Northeast and out in Cali. I would love to take a spot of a more deserving fancy pants, Grey Poopon eatin northerner. They may not know how to play football up there. but they turn out some pretty darn good lawyers. What are my chances?
When applying for the t15 schools will applying as a redneck enhance my chance of admission? We rednecks have many obstacles to overcome whether it be Jack Daniels, reading and ritin, or whippin terrorists arse all the time. We are obviously discriminated against heavily in the Northeast and out in Cali. We are portrayed as simple and dumb on television and in movies. Hell, the Beverly Hillbillies set us back 20 years. Negative stereotypes apply to rednecks just as they do to African-Americans, Hispanics, Koreans, etc. We are all created equal and I want the same damn chance as any other minority.
You know you fail to recognize several things which is why people rarely have an informed debate over affirmative action. First let me take you back a little over 40 years, yes 40 not all the way back to slavery. Prior to Johnson's speech at Howard University in 1965 affirmative action was something that benefited all white males. Iím not talking just about higher education but social security, health programs, veterans benefits, job benefits, getting a job and anything else the Southern delegation influenced (which was just about everything). If you think that stuff has had no affect on our current situation you are clearly naive. It is not a coincidence that the race that is disproportionately poorer, less educated, and unhealthy is the same race that was enslaved with the consent of the US government, had Black Codes issued to oppress them, had Jim Crow laws directed at them to maintain the "Southern way of life", had laws manipulated to exclude them from government programs, and are the victims of residential discrimination until this very day. Second, affirmative action and the desire for diversity IS NOT JUST A RACE ISSUE! Geographic diversity is factor, gender is a factor, etc. etc.... You seem to imply that Whites from Tenn. don't get affirmative action at Yale or Harvard. I am sure if you set in on an admissions committee's deliberations you would find yourself to be quite wrong. Why? Like you said not many people from Tenn. are at those schools so when they seek to enhance their diversity they are thinking about "rednecks from Tennessee" as well. Third, racial diversity is an important factor. In a few decades the United States will have a substantial minority population. Some estimates state that Whites may only make up 50% of the population. If you do not think it is a "compelling government interest" to see to it that 50% of the nation is represented adequately in professional careers, especially law, then I donít know what is. Finally, the people who are admitted are always judged to be qualified. Everyone from the wealthy student whose parents donate millions to the school they are applying to, to the person at the top of their class, to the minority whose credentials are under constant scrutiny. Remember grades and LSATs are not the only thing that determines the contribution someone has to offer. Diversity is important and while we may be tempted to blame the emphasis on it to liberals to the likes of Hillary Clinton and LBJ remember it was the Southern delegation to Congress that made race an issue, not liberal northerners.
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