- Apr 28, 2012
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You don't have to be black to be African american and you don't necessarily have to be white to be Caucasian. I am Egyptian. So can I safely put African American?
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If you're Caucasian, then that means you're white. White people live all over the world, so they're not necessarily European. So yes, you HAVE to be white to identify as caucasian.
You're Egyptian. So that would make you middle eastern. If there's a "Arab American" option then that's what you would be.
The reason I don't recommend you put that you are African American is because I read an article recently where a white person, originally from Mozambique (in Africa) identified himself as African American and apparently black people were offended that he would identify himself as that and he was kicked out of Medical School I believe. Completely ridiculous.