Puerto Ricans and Chicanas

These two groups are usually severely disadvantaged by both finances and language, as well as by extreme prejudice in the areas in which they represent a noticeable portion of the population. Special consideration is usually given to both their grades and LSAT scores, as it is for Blacks.

Because of the additional language barriers, Puerto Ricans and Chicanas may be admitted to law school with LSAT scores well below 150, so long as their GPAs and recommendations show an ability to perform academically at the law school level. On the other hand, applicants with lower LSAT scores may have their application scrutinized for writing skill.  If English is a problem for you, make sure your personal statement is substantially correct in grammar and vocabulary.

If all of this is true, why are Puerto Ricans treated differently from Mexicans at all?

Puerto Ricans are often treated differently for one particularly compelling reason: Puerto Rico is part of the United States!

That sentence shouldn't need an exclamation point, but it does; it astonishes us to know that Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands (or at least part of them) and Guam are part of the United States. You don't believe me? Go ask Wiki! Their President's name is Barack Obama! (We don't own the Philippines any more, but we did once upon a time.)

Why don't we know that? Probably because we don't want to. We don't refer to Puerto Ricans as Americans. We don't think of them as Americans. Even I forget from time to time. Perhaps the problem is that they're not a state; perhaps it's that Spanish is the dominant language. But regardless of the cause, the problem remains that we treat Puerto Ricans as members of a third-world country (which they are) rather than as U.S. Citizens (which they also are).

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