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Still stuck! Is anyone else here South African American and not sure what to do?

justinkjustink Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
edited November 2010 in College Admissions
-Do I put AA and white and just specify in the other sections of african american
-Do I leave it all blank
-Do I try to take advantage of the system and not explain that i'm white (they will think i'm of mixed descent)
-Do I just check white

Please help me out....I'm trying to send off my apps and stuck over this! I saw another thread and was still unsure....

I asked my counselor, who had never heard of a situation like mine...not much a help, huh?
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Replies to: Still stuck! Is anyone else here South African American and not sure what to do?

  • theRADtomato47theRADtomato47 Registered User Posts: 1,289 Senior Member
    Leave it blank and end this seemingly neverending discussion.
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,560 Senior Member
    Afican American is a term invented to replace "Black" American because some thought that term was politically incorrect. It was not invented to change the class of those who would be considered URMs, i.e., "black" Americans. In other words, you should be checking, if anything, Caucasion rather than African American. There are those who have mentioned here being less than honest and thus gaming the system. I do not recommend it.
  • justinkjustink Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
    Does leaving identify section blank help or hurt my chances at all?
  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    Oh for crying out loud. You're white. You'll either get accepted or denied based on your stats. Grow up and develop some sense of "integrity".
  • justinkjustink Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
    ...thanks for the response. I WAS planning on leaving it blank, but my family and friends at school keep on insisting i do put AA so i could get into ivies easier. i didn't ask for a rebuke
  • theRADtomato47theRADtomato47 Registered User Posts: 1,289 Senior Member
    Does leaving identify section blank help or hurt my chances at all?

    ^it wont hurt your chances at all. It would only help if you a URM.
    Why is this such a big deal anyway? Obviously you want people to say "OMg your totally african american, definitely check that box" because you want that leg up in admissions. Don't try the game the system, leave that to the consiousless, insecure applicants.
  • justinkjustink Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
    OK thank you your response were very helpful!
  • gnw213gnw213 Registered User Posts: 111 Junior Member
    My understanding is that the definitions of race / ethnicity that USA colleges use is the definition used by the US census. I think the info below is correct, but you can always check the census.gov site

    "FAQ section on "Race": Part 1, Persons from Africa
    "I'm white but my ancestors are from South Africa. Can I put down that I am African American?"
    "The answer to this question is always the same, by the United States federal definitions.

    Black or African American persons, percent, 2000

    "White. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. It includes people who indicate their race as 'White' or report entries such as Irish, German, Italian, Lebanese, Near Easterner, Arab, or Polish.

    "Black or African American. A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa. It includes people who indicate their race as 'Black, African Am., or Negro,' or provide written entries such as African American, Afro American, Kenyan, Nigerian, or Haitian."
  • LAXer25LAXer25 Registered User Posts: 439 Member
    You're white. If you and your family lived in China, would you say you were Chinese? No, because regardless of where your family lived or where you were born, your race is still going to be white.
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