Proving ancestry

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180lawstudent
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Proving ancestry

Postby 180lawstudent » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:21 am

I have a two part question:

In this day and age of getting your Ancestral (Genetic/DNA) Origins test and map... it used your DNA and matched it to the regions of peoples whose DNA structure yours most closely matched.

My question is could you use that as a proof of being a URM? I ask because I have Native American and Black in my family lineage, but as most people, I can't prove the NA portion of it.

My second question is if you want to be considered as a URM; it's the consenous that you should write a diversity statement instead of a personal statement?

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newyorker88
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Re: Proving ancestry

Postby newyorker88 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:55 am

Diversity statements are optional and written in addition to a personal statement. Also writing one doesn't make you a URM and not writing one wouldn't make you not a URM. URM status is dependent on which ethnic minority group you belong to, African American, Native American, Mexican, and Puerto Rican. You indicate this by checking the appropriate box on your application. Also, schools rarely ask you for proof that you are a URM.

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Re: Proving ancestry

Postby rundoxierun » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:14 pm

No, to the first question just no..

fear&loathingintexas
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Re: Proving ancestry

Postby fear&loathingintexas » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:37 am

No law school in their right mind would demand a DNA analysis to prove your ethnic/racial background. Privacy issues, political incorrectness, shades of that old "one drop" test from the Jim Crow days...

Besides, it would be much cheaper for them to just include a brown paper bag with the admissions paperwork.

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Sh@keNb@ke
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Re: Proving ancestry

Postby Sh@keNb@ke » Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:16 am

OP, don't be an idiot. If you're 1/12th African-American because of your great great great great great grandpa, but you don't look black at all then that's just immoral.

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ResolutePear
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Re: Proving ancestry

Postby ResolutePear » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:20 am

Sh@keNb@ke wrote:OP, don't be an idiot. If you're 1/12th African-American because of your great great great great great grandpa, but you don't look black at all then that's just immoral.


What if you're 1/4th black because the father's half black but you're as white as powder? :wink:

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Sh@keNb@ke
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Re: Proving ancestry

Postby Sh@keNb@ke » Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:54 am

Someone who's 1/4 black does not say that they have African-American blood in their lineage lol.

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Re: Proving ancestry

Postby sibley » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:22 pm

If you're under 50% minority then I think you should only state URM status if you're currently living in a black or native american community or if having either portion clearly influenced your parents' lives and therefore yours. Like if they went to a segregated school or something.

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20121109
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Re: Proving ancestry

Postby 20121109 » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:29 pm

sibley wrote:If you're under 50% minority then I think you should only state URM status if you're currently living in a black or native american community or if having either portion clearly influenced your parents' lives and therefore yours. Like if they went to a segregated school or something.


Just no.

What a fail of a thread.

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GATORTIM
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Re: Proving ancestry

Postby GATORTIM » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:35 pm

I think you can just provide your Ancestry.com report

http://www.ancestry.com/

sibley
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Re: Proving ancestry

Postby sibley » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:35 pm

You don't think a non-native living on a reservation experiences exactly the same setbacks as someone who is actually a minority?

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Re: Proving ancestry

Postby sibley » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:38 pm

Nightrunner wrote:
sibley wrote:You don't think a non-native living on a reservation experiences exactly the same setbacks as someone who is actually a minority?


I'm going to jump in right here and remind you that this is NOT OP's question.


I was just pointing out that my original response had the potential to be valid. We don't have all of OPs details. I gave a generic example.

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Re: Proving ancestry

Postby 20121109 » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:39 pm

sibley wrote:
Nightrunner wrote:
sibley wrote:You don't think a non-native living on a reservation experiences exactly the same setbacks as someone who is actually a minority?


I'm going to jump in right here and remind you that this is NOT OP's question.


I was just pointing out that my original response had the potential to be valid.


No it didn't. It was nothing but mere speculation and completely baseless.




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