PDaddy wrote:they are the ones most pissed off at AA's getting what they believe is preferential treatment in admissions.
What exactly would you call it? Other than blatant preferential treatment?
Not making a judgment one way or another, but to try and say that a URM boost is anything other than preferential treatment is patently stupid.
It's not preferential, it is simply compensating for the disadvantages one has endured. If you play a tennis match against Venus Williams, and you are as good an athlete, but she has a top-notch racket and you have a bad one, maybe you should get an extra point every time you score...that or a new racket. The racket happens to be a better elementary and secondary education, a better neighborhood, a better family history, two parents, and an unfettered progression through schools that happen to be better equipped with better educated, higher paid teachers.
The boost is not a literal, it is figurative. The LSAT is balanced with a greater weight placed on soft factors, and those soft factors are getting the proper weight.
A rich or well-off student deserves no boost no matter what his ethnic background. So this is not about race or ethnicity. And a white student with a disadvantaged background should get the same boost. it just so happens that some whites do get that same bnoost. Nobody ever talks about that.
And lets not forget about the boosts rich whites get...what do thay call them? "Legacies"? WTF is that?