Heh. I didn't say she was a "mere right-winger," though. I identified her as a right-winger only in the context of establishing that even the most rabid affirmative action opponents, and ones with true right-wing chops, acknowledge the existence of the stereotype threat. Thus, I described her not as having been blinded by ideology, as you suggest, but rather as not having been blinded by ideology (at least not enough to deny the existence of the stereotype threat). Her "empirical sense" is not at issue here, though, given that she did not actually do any primary or peer-reviewed secondary research on the topic.
Also, you're going to have your anti-AA troll card pulled if you fail to recognize that someone who received her advanced degrees at Harvard and Columbia can be an ideologue. Your friends won't like this argument one bit.
ETA: FWIW, I agree with Wax that the stereotype threat is not the magic bullet some commentators would like it to be. For one, I don't know how much it accounts for the test gap. More important, even if it is a significant factor in testing disparities, I don't know how we can do away with it in order to make sure the same results aren't reproduced down the line. I think the encouragement and reassurance Wax allows is a good start; in the law school context, academic support resources for struggling students and pre-orientation, skills-based training programs are other fine ideas.
Are you using "you're gay!" as a comeback? Really?
A nugget tangentially related to stereotype threat:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/education/23gap.html?_r=4&ref=usThis has probably been posted elsewhere, but I have not kept up with the relevant threads.
Quote from: txn_20 on February 01, 2009, 02:41:29 PMIm sorry, but Affirmative Action is reverse racism.next you'll be saying it's racist to have a black law student discussion board.and thanks for apologizing. but it's your parents who should apologize for raising you so poorly.
Im sorry, but Affirmative Action is reverse racism.
I just have one question with regard to stereotype threat:If all of this is based on the expectations of those around you (for example, black people worried about a negative performance causing them to land in an unflattering stereotype) could it not be based on something besides race?The first thing that comes to mind is the way that whites from uneducated, working class backgrounds are portrayed. I am a white person from a poor family (I assure you there are plenty of us), and many times (because of my accent, and where I am from) I have been labeled as a "redneck", "white trash", etc. Those stereotypes certainly don't flatter my intellectual capability. However, I have never expected any special treatment because of my background. Instead, I have always used the stereotype to catch people off guard, to suprise their expectations whenever I outperform them on whatever it is we are competing at. This is in no way an attempt to compare my "white plight" to the widespread discrimination against blacks. I grew up in one of the most racist areas in the United States and I know that racism is still an enormous problem that must be addressed, even during the law school admissions process. I just have a hard time accepting "sterotype threat" as a compelling argument for poor performance on the LSAT.