Am I a "Black" Law Student?

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Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby JXander » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:05 am

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby atcushman » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:16 am

White people, like biological and technical white people, are members of BLSA at my school

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby mephistopheles » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:48 am

atcushman wrote:White people, like biological and technical white people, are members of BLSA at my school



really?

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby gaud » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:51 am

handful of dudes in the women's legal society at my school; i know it's not the same, but you get the idea. from what i've seen, groups just want members

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby atcushman » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:53 am

mephistopheles wrote:
atcushman wrote:White people, like biological and technical white people, are members of BLSA at my school



really?


ya and im pretty sure our section rep for the club is asian...also like other poster said a lot of men in the women's law cockus

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby mephistopheles » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:59 am

atcushman wrote:
mephistopheles wrote:
atcushman wrote:White people, like biological and technical white people, are members of BLSA at my school



really?


ya and im pretty sure our section rep for the club is asian...also like other poster said a lot of men in the women's law cockus


gaud wrote:handful of dudes in the women's legal society at my school; i know it's not the same, but you get the idea. from what i've seen, groups just want members


while i agree completely with this practice, something about it seems off.

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby atcushman » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:04 am

it will make more sense when you get to school and realize clubs do not actually do anything they are only good for outlines/events where they serve booze

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby mephistopheles » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:05 am

atcushman wrote:it will make more sense when you get to school and realize clubs do not actually do anything they are only good for outlines/events where they serve booze


i'm already there, but i just haven't attended those meetings.

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby gaud » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:06 am

atcushman wrote:it will make more sense when you get to school and realize clubs do not actually do anything they are only good for outlines/events where they serve booze


basically the same story at my school

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby jemthey17 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:20 am

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby Nova » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:47 am

JXander wrote:I am half African-American,
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After all, I am not technically black.


Uhhh, if anything, half black is technically black.

Join if you want. Dont join if you dont want. Whatever makes you happy. It definitely wouldnt be inappropriate to join. It would be inappropriate for anyone to have a problem with you joining.

I support the bi racial club idea. Im bi racial too, and would join. Actually, maybe I should be president of my schools chapter. We are the best because we are hybrids who usually get the best genes from both sides.
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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby JXander » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:53 am

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby Nova » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:57 am

JXander wrote: Does this mean that because I am half-white, I am also technically white? Does my familial background play a role in this "technical" criterion for the definition of ethnicity being thrown around?

IMO, Genetics are technical. I could have been raised by wolves, but I wouldnt technically be a wolf! IMO, you are technically black and white.

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby jemthey17 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:58 am

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby SouthernSoul » Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:30 pm

I don't believe it's inappropriate at all.

It's very common that a lot of black people still acknowledge your "blackness" based on "one drop rule" principle, meaning that whether you are one half, one fourth, or one eighth black, you're still considered black. You can see this with the president. He's biracial, and though he was raised mostly by his white mother and white grandparents, he's still viewed as black and accepted as such by most Black Americans.

As far as feeling you are "internally white", you'd really be surprised at how many other biracial and black people feel that way because of growing up adopted in white families or growing up in predominantly white communities and schools. They're still accepted and able to participate in black organizations like BLSA. Go for it!

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby JXander » Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:26 pm

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby BlaqBella » Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:36 pm

One drop rule, JXander. You more than qualify.

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby PickMe! » Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:39 pm

Nova wrote:
JXander wrote:I am half African-American,
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After all, I am not technically black.


Uhhh, if anything, half black is technically black.


OP failed the "one-drop" class.

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby ce255 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:22 pm

this is laughable. you, my friend, are undoubtedly african-american. most people use the one drop rule (including myself) so essentially you are black. your background is unique, and should be welcome at any BLSA. and who knows. that half just might turn into a whole. :)

"i am not technically black"

what does this even mean? Because you weren't raised in a ghetto with two black parents, you aren't black? I'm sorry that you missed out on the stereotype of the black experience, but you are black. and I hope, proud.

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby mephistopheles » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:37 pm

ce255 wrote:most people use the one drop rule (including myself)


:?:

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby JXander » Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:23 am

mephistopheles wrote:
ce255 wrote:most people use the one drop rule (including myself)


:?:

My thoughts exactly, Mephisto...

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby Tom Joad » Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:34 am

Aren't most black people in the US mixed in some way? I may be mistaken, but in my opinion, you are whatever you think you are. And I think most BLSAs are open to everybody.

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby ce255 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:35 am

Tom Joad wrote:Aren't most black people in the US mixed in some way? I may be mistaken, but in my opinion, you are whatever you think you are. And I think most BLSAs are open to everybody.


absolutely true. about 80% of blacks americans have traceable european ancestry.

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby Ti Malice » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:37 pm

ce255 wrote:
Tom Joad wrote:Aren't most black people in the US mixed in some way? I may be mistaken, but in my opinion, you are whatever you think you are. And I think most BLSAs are open to everybody.


absolutely true. about 80% of blacks americans have traceable european ancestry.


Yep. And ~30% of white Americans have traceable African ancestry.

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Re: Am I a "Black" Law Student?

Postby JXander » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:43 pm

Next question: is the collective identity of the various members of these organizations relevant to what they do (as a part of the organization)? I can maybe see this being the case for Christian Legal Societies or LGBT legal organizations, but how does this fit for associations like BLSA or even predominantly female groups?




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