Extremely depressing....Not IMO.
I think it's a very important piece for applicants, all of who should know how they as individuals stack up against their demographic groups.
The northwest statistics prove exactly what I have known all along: that we are pretty badass (scores topped only by New England, which has fewer test takers by about 65%). It also means that our colleges and universities are doing a better job of preparing students for pursuing (not necessarily performing) law school work (and maybe grad school work generally) than are the other regions.
In translation, the colleges and universities in the northwest, especially Washington and Oregon, are extremely underrated - and that would have to go double for top northwest schools like the University of Washington and Seattle University.
As I said before for an individual AA this isnt depressing at all, on a macro level, its depressing as fuck.
I can appreciate that. You have a point. What will it take to make us as Blacks value education the way we value other, clearly less valuable, things? Research shows that, when given the right nurturing and resources early in life, black students' accomplishments are on par with those of other groups. The academic prowess of native Africans or second and third generation African immigrants living in the U.S. further supports this view.
No group is inherently inferior to another group, and black folks will be the first to tell you that. Yet we continually blame substandard schools, institutional racism, environmental racism, and other external factors for our relative underachievement. If we aren't inferior we should be able to compete regardless. African students do it, and their family incomes mirror those of black American families.
I am tired of that. Even the most substandard American schools are paradise compared to schools in poor countries, many of which produce some of the most dynamic leaders in those countries. Torn books still have words in them, and too many black students claim they cannot afford LSAT courses and books; yet they purchase expensive hot lunches on their undergrad campuses daily, carry the latest cell phones and wear designer clothing.
It's a simple lack of priorities and DISCIPLINE...period. If Black parents would "take care of home" and prepare their kids to be good students by installing in them the values of discipline, self-restraint and frugality, we would achieve more - regardless of the racism.
Furthermore, as long as we continue to glorify or accept antisocial behaviors such as sexism, out-of-wedlock births, truancy, illiteracy, drug and alcohol abuse, and other unacceptable behaviors, we will continue to lag behind academically.
We need to stand up and take responsibility. Our LSAT scores are poor because we don't prepare academically despite the existence of a wealth of resources. Not being able to afford an LSAT course is no excuse, neither is attendance of inner-city or rural schools. As long as you have books and someone willing to teach you, you're good to go.
Master the English language (as well as Latin), study formal logic, study math, study history beyond just American history, study and appreciate hard sciences, buy used or torn books, watch less television, save your money, and work the LSAT like a job.
I would like to see "African-Americans" try to mimic Chinese and East African cultures, two of which put spiritual development, family and education above all else.