I find the argument "they are taking our spots" as offensive coming from a black person as a white person, but maybe thats just me.
don't applications have several different options for hispanic? i.e. Mexican American, Cuban, hispanic non white, hispanic white etc etc... Like I said earlier, I think schools lump all blacks (international/domestic) into a pile in order to help their odds of getting high scoring blacks, and be able to report a certain percentage of blacks. The intent behind it seems a bit disingenuous. If they reported hispanics the same way, with no regard to nationality, then I would think differently. However, schools don't. I think this is problematic because it allows innercity American schools to be further ignored. If schools were unable to lump Africans, Carribeans etc into the group with African Americans then they would be forced to face the harsh reality that African Americans are not being prepared for higher education. I mean it's already pretty obvious, but the presence of black faces, and the ability to tout a certain percentage of black/african americans allows them to cover it up a bit. but whatever, if I was African or Carribean I would do the same thing. The option is there for a reason. One would be a fool not to take advantage of it. It does say African American/Black, after all. There is an international option, but if a black person identifies more with race in this country than their nation of origin I can't say I blame them. This country is pretty damned racist. I even read an article once about dark and light skinned Cubans who knew each other in cuba and also migrated here. Eventually race relations were such that they would separate and one would generally befreind whites or lighter peoples, and the other would befreind blacks. that was one case where race trumps nationality, and even old freindships. I actually understand both sides of the argument, but I think you are barking up the wrong tree butterz. I think your issue is with the system of reporting, not with individual applicants.