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The other schools you mention are not elite schools and are state schools with much lower tuition for in state students and therefore are not relevant in this discussion.
Is the question asking the applicant the race with which he identifies most, or is the question asking what is the predominant racial makeup of the applicant?
What if I have 25% Native American blood and 75% Asian blood? Can I put down Native American, especially if I identify with Native American culture more?
What if you don't know exactly the makeup of your race? Can you decide not to check this section?