vanwinkle wrote:SuperFreak wrote:No one has debated whether or not he can claim Mexican on his application; the question is rather whether he should claim it because, as I mentioned earlier, he has no cultural connection and hardly any reason at all to take a spot away from a normal Mexican.
This isn't really debatable, though. He can claim Mexican, therefore he should if he wants to. There's nothing else to it. You're not being asked if you want a boost, you're being asked how you identify. How schools use the information you provide (including what box you check, and whether your provide a DS, and what you put in it) is entirely up to them.
There's no such thing as a "normal Mexican", beyond what OP is. OP is 1/4 Mexican, therefore he is a normal Mexican and can identify as Mexican on his applications. That's all there is to it, with the can/should issue of identification.
What you're trying to do is start an AA debate by debating how that identification will affect his application process and whether you personally agree with the end results or not. That's not an issue of how OP can or should identify, that's an AA debate, and once again, that does not belong in the URM forum. You're warned to not continue pursuing such a debate here.
OP expressed concerns over whether or not he should claim Mexican on the application, even going so far as to presume that perhaps he might be gaming the system. A "normal" Mexican is not 1/4th Mexican any sense. Everyone knows this; it is hardly up for debate.
You're right in that I won't pursue this, but let me make it clarion that although OP does indeed qualify as a Mexican on the application, his feelings of apprehension at newfound status are well-founded. He would do well to carefully consider his decision.