It is absolute BS, thats how I feel about it. There is no more unjust law that exists in the country. If the governemnt really wanted to help those who grew up in difficult learning environments, they should helping those with low family incomes, not just any random person who happened to be part of a race. I grew up in poverty and all my friends were black. I grew up with every type of learning disadvantage that the stereotypical "URM" went through, but since my skin color belongs to an "overrepresented" group, I'm expected to score over 10 points higher on the LSAT just to be considered an equal in the eyes of admission boards to "URMs" that grew up in my neighhborhood.
I'm proud to check the Asian box on applications. I don't care if they use it against me or for me (which I sometimes suspect it's more a con than a pro). As far as warped AA goes, I have always held this opinion: if a school decides to reject me based on my heritage/color/culture, than they do not deserve to have me. There are too many other (better) schools that want me for my accomplishments, it's not worth wasting my time with schools that have bigots in their administrations.
our supposed innate smartness sometimes surpasses itself
re asians and AA: if applying to any CA school, being asian is an absolute penalty. for a # of the elite east coast schools, however, being asian still confers a benefit and counts to the school's overall diversity quota. so really, it's not a complete curse - yes, schools like stan and boalt are going to penalize you, but H,Y, Columbia, etc. are going to look for you on the basis that you are still somewhat unique. think of it this way: it could be worse, you could be white (strike one), male (strike two), and from a wealthy family (strike 3), at which point nothing short a 176 is going to carry you into a t10 school.
. Black Americans are the only group of Americans who werenít immigrants. We helped build a country that wouldnít allow us to fully participate in.
Test arenít biased against minorities, they are biased against people who werenít properly educated. This is connected to discrimination because discrimination affects where people live,work and where their children will be educated and the type of teachers that school attracts. Schools had to be created so black people with aspirations of being an attorney could pursue their dream.
Even if you havenít been discriminated against as a minority, I bet your giving the benefit of the doubt. Do you question the ability of white women, people from rural areas, children of alumni etc..or other beneficiaries of preferential programs. If so, why didnít you originally address them in your post?
I don't know what your intent is but I think it is insulting to the point of being offensive to compare an immigrant expierence to a black American's.
Then you need to do better research.