African-American History

If you are white and don't have any African ancestors but you are from Africa are you considered an African American?

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August 20, 2008 9:00PM

Not typically, for most official matters that concern ethnicity

or race for demographic or special assistance purposes.

The distinction is more linked with ancestry than geography or

passport status.

Indeed, many North Africans have been considered "White" in some

U.S. contexts, regardless of color, due to the special historic and

social context for "African-American" in the USA, as distinguished

from recent, willful immigrants to the USA or residents there from


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