Friday, January 13, 2006

AA Tempests

Uncovering a bit of nastiness at the Law School Numbers site, namecalling and snottiness about affirmative action and "self-identified under-represented minority status." What is the big deal, I wonder? Besides the fact that it's a hard life, being an anxious white underachiever who tests well. Hey, I know that, if anyone does.

According to a friend who used to work in law school admissions, that sort of thing gets really vicious once people start being rejected from their schools of choice. Yeah, it's sad - I mean, I can just picture some sad white boy with a 173 LSAT, standing in the rain, nose pressed against the glass, watching a Harvard law professor hold forth to a bunch of ... well, mostly other white boys, probably - okay, actually, white boys and girls - hmm, actually, I think it might be more girls than boys... well, you get the idea.

So can we stop calling it "affirmative action"? How about if we call it, instead, "recruiting a reasonably diverse class so as better to serve society by turning out well-rounded lawyers who have been exposed to a number of types of people and points of view, while still making sure we admit students who will excel"?

Catchy, no?

2 Comments:

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Murky Thoughts said...

Don't let people turn a good word into a bad word. "Affirmative action" is a good word.

 
At 4:42 PM, Blogger rain_rain said...

I wonder if, at this point, the phrase "affirmative action" is so loaded that it might behoove its defenders (and its detractors, but don't hold your breath) to clarify its actual meaning.

In other words, just because people on different sides of the argument are saying "affirmative action," it doesn't follow that they are talking about the same thing.

On the other hand, most of the haters are so nasty that it's pretty clear they're not only unreachable, but actually ineducable.

 

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