Do they say this out loud?
No, but that isn't the point.
If you saw me, and were asked to identify my race, you would say I'm black. That's essentially a good guideline for what box to check, because my experience in this world has been that of a black woman.
Okay, fair enough
Let me first note that I don't have a problem with anyone taking advantage of the system as currently structured. However, I have a couple questions for you, if you feel like answering them (and it's obviously find if you don't):
1. Would you say your family income was below average? Did this lead to you attending inferior schools? If so, do you feel that was a greater impediment than your ethnicity?
2. How exactly would you say your ethnicity has affected your academic achievement? Do you feel it prevented you from doing as well academically as you could have?