This is where I think two separate issues are being entwined and it's probably better to keep them separate. One is about the appropriateness of mocking a school with a low admit profile. The second is about... racism? I'm not even sure.
All five schools come in with the lowest numbers. Sockpuppeteer and esco, you paint a really great picture of how these schools can be more than just numbers, and give opportunities to practice law to those who might otherwise not have the opportunity. So I feel like it's totally fine to have a problem with Ken's post ( though it was a joke
The "academic powerhouse" comment, and lumping Southern University in with schools like Cooley
Coming down on Southern with snarky remarks is a pretty low blow...
But this doesn't seem to be your problem. Rather that seems to be that Southern was included. Southern was included on the basis of numbers, which you argue do not paint the full picture. Fine. But they don't paint the full picture at Cooley or App State either. Yes, a lot of the time refusing to acknowledge differences that exist between communities and their likely consequences is racially ignorant and is a cover for prejudice BUT this, to me, needs a real overreaction to get there. The conversation wasn't even about race, wasn't even tangentially concerned with it and I just hate the feeling that we can't do this conversation without shouting. Sometimes elitism is just elitism and, fine, attack it, and point out the racial elements to issues but I don't think you can do it from this 'racial moral high ground' when it's kinda unreasonable to expect everyone to have picked up the racial undertones (which I didn't catch, I confess) and when the person involved would be fairly receptive to conversation (disclaimer: I think Ken is great).
This just really bugs me. This is not a criticism or anything, I think I just feel the same kind of frustration that some of you felt but from the other side. This just could have gone somewhere better.