canes wrote: shoeshine wrote:
It's not "playing with fire", he has a Native American ancestor. Andyou can play semantics all you want, but an application isn't the time in your life to do soul-searching. You fill it out as accurately as you can and the best way that will help meet your end. In this case it is both accurate and in the applicant's best interest to mark down his heritage.
Are you serious?
If you have never claimed your NA heritage, deciding to claim to be NA just to get into law school is wrong. End of story.
Never having claimed something doesn't discount its validity. And sorry, you're not the arbiter of "right and wrong." Applicants should act in their best interests without breaking any real rules, not the ones you arbitrarily impose on their morals.
Sure it does. I'm confident I've got more NA blood than the OP, and there are probably plenty of people on this site who are unaware of their own NA ancestry. However, this question isn't do you have any NA blood in you. If that were the case, with enough genealogical research, NAs would no longer be underrepresented in the legal profession because everyone and their cousin would be claiming the status. The question is: which group do you self-identify with? For the OP, that is white Americans. He knows this and while he might even think it's cool that he has NA ancestry (I do), if someone asked him on the street what race are you, he isn't going to say NA or even multi-racial, he will say white. The only time he will "identify" with his NA ancestry is when it is advantageous. The form isn't asking you what do you consider yourself just for this application, it's what do you consider yourself, period. When the OP doesn't answer this question to the best of his knowledge based on his actual understanding, then that is breaking rules and in that specific context, his actions are wrong and/or not valid.
If the OP really wants to know whether this is breaking any rules, why not ask the ABA?