There will never ever ever ever be statistical parity (or anything close to it) among different races or religions or cultures in any field. Deal with it.
breadboy, compassion's for bleeding heart liberals like yourself. conservatives like myself don't need that kind of sh*t.curly: i can't address the specifics of the letter. myself personally, i've always felt that it's acceptable for a school to take into account overcoming adversity as a measure of a student's character and therefore his or her desirability as a candidate. i personally feel that being from a minority group counts as adversity to some degree, and therefore as a legitimate factor in admissions.