AA but appear white

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Quick Silver
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AA but appear white

Postby Quick Silver » Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:41 am

Hi

I'm I have a black parent but look white - people think I'm italian or greek or latino. But few realize I'm part AA.

I understand I qualify as AA, but I guess my biggest concern is potential interviews - I have to guess if they're wondering - and either pre-empt them and explain, or just wonder if they're wondering.

The whole thing is awkward and I just don't know what to do.

Any advice?

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Atmosphere
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Re: AA but appear white

Postby Atmosphere » Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:59 am

Doesn't matter. If you've identified as AA your entire life, mark both your ethnic components. If you've never really identified as AA and you're just doing it now for law school, that might get a little sketchy. Regardless, you're in the right by marking yourself down as a URM.

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cc78
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Re: AA but appear white

Postby cc78 » Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:46 am

Atmosphere wrote:Doesn't matter. If you've identified as AA your entire life, mark both your ethnic components. If you've never really identified as AA and you're just doing it now for law school, that might get a little sketchy. Regardless, you're in the right by marking yourself down as a URM.


That's a lot sketchy to me, so the most honorable thing to do would be to mark AA if you've considered yourself an AA in the past, if not, then you shouldn't. But, honor tends to get pushed aside when access and $$ are involved, so I can understand how checking the box would be hard to resist.




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