okaygo wrote:So up until this point I've been kind of ignoring the UCLA problems because I didn't feel like watching the videos on YouTube but now I'm all caught up and I'm slightly confused.
The video I just watched had the minority law students voicing their displeasure at being the only minority in the classroom and the pressure of people taking them as the only voice for their race and all of that.....but should any of that particularly surprising? I've been dealing with being the only black kid in my classes since middle school and I expect it to be even worse in law school.
Yes the schools administration and handling of the situation is awful, and the backlash from the student population is ridiculous. But the original problem seems to be something that's faced by all black students regardless of location or education level. Am I missing something here?
ETA: I guess I'm asking I'm we are shocked and outrage or just outraged
You are right. I have been the only black person in a class many times as well. I think the video is mostly addressing an atmosphere, at UCLA, that is poisoned, if not hostile. Richard Sander’s research creates this, as does a sense of entitlement amongst many that “numbers” alone denote worthiness. Sander’s research is self-serving and full of personal agenda and the sense of entitlement is created by a school chasing USNWR blessings. What the entitled don’t get is that 1. Most URM’s are most likely competing for admission with other URM’s. I come to that conclusion based on the minimal level URM’s at most of, what are considered, the top law schools. And 2. Holistic admissions are spoken about and obviously used in certain cases.
What schools do not understand in their hunt for numbers is that a net focused mainly on catching numbers to appease a magazine or others can be full of holes in the net when it comes to catching character and integrity.