Cavalier wrote: vanwinkle wrote:
Cavalier wrote:I think if you're a light skinned Libyan you should definitely say you're African American. If you feel uncomfortable, add an addendum that states that you are from Libya, and leave it at that. What's the law school going to do--turn you away once they realize you're a light-skinned Libyan and not a dark-skinned Libyan? Just because the law school can't put a picture of you among a group of white-skinned students discussing some academic subject under a shady tree in their recruitment materials doesn't mean you shouldn't get the benefits of affirmative action.
Well, he'd have to spend the rest of his life avoiding talking about his race. You can get disbarred for lying on your application, even if you only admit to it years later.
It's not a lie. He's from Africa and now he's coming to America; he's African American. Just because his African ancestors may have came to Africa from Europe many generations ago shouldn't make him any less African. This is about diversity after all, not merely judging people by the color of their skin.
Not all definitions can be derived from the word that they are defining. In America, there is a commonly accepted definition of what a football is. If you ordered a football online from Sports Authority and they sent you a soccer ball in the mail, you would be upset and ask for a refund. The soccer ball is a better definition of a "football." It is a ball that is commonly played with using the feet. Hell, in 90% of the world, it is known as a football.
This does not matter; you ordered a very particular thing, and you did not get it. Sports Authority misrepresented itself in selling you the soccer ball and calling it a football.
The American definition of "African American" does not include people from North Africa. That is a fact. Deal with it. OP is not even dark skinned, and is thus not subject to the same discrimination that an African American would be. OP is also not an "under-represented" minority. I should know, I am from one of those countries that share cultural ties with Libya and we are better represented in the legal field than we are in the population. I marked Caucasian. I did not even write a diversity statement (mostly because I lived a typical white-suburban life, minus the looking all white and suburban) If you are Libyan and dark skinned, you probably have some other sub-Saharan ancestry mixed in there. If that were the case, mark down African American and enjoy the boost that you (rightfully) deserve.
Like I said earlier, do not play games with these applications. They will follow you for life.