Does being Egyptian qualify you as being African American?
According to this website I am African American. Also, since Egypt is in North Africa I am technically an African American right. I want to know this since I am applying to colleges soon.
Egyptians are currently classified as “white,” according to the US Census, wherein it says, “White. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.”
Black or African American for these purposes relates specifically to “a person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.”
So, no, based on the current criteria, you are not African American in the eyes of the United States. Race is a social construction though, so in 30 years, North African might be included in the category of African American.