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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 Africa.

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Q: 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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