Ok So im kinda pissed even though this does not directly impact my life. It does impact my friends life, but he doesn’t seem to mind, so i guess it’s a moot point. Let me however drop the issue on you guys and see if you think it’s a big deal or not.
My friend Rich is African American. He was born there, as was his mother. His dad is from America and his wife and Rich both have dual citizenship. I don’t think they own land in Africa anymore (they might) but they have family there (grand parents, aunts etc) and visit often.
Every one in rich’s family is white.
We’ve always playfully joked about how he’s a white African American, which he IS and is PROUD to be. He loves his heritage and Africa.
I got upset because he put on multiple scholarships for college that he was “African American”, as he also checks it on boxes that ask such questions. He even Applied for specific “African American” scholarships.
He was denied all. On top of that he was told by 2 colleges that he wasn’t African American. (they didn’t flat out say that as much as danced around the issue, but it was specifically brought up twice)
Meanwhile Trip, another friend of our who is black, yet 4 generations removed from Africa got accepted for 2 different scholarships with worse grades. (Not BAD grades, but not as good as Rich)
So how the HELL is a 4th generation removed BLACK guy more African American than a WHITE guy BORN IN AFRICA??!?!
Like i said this pisses me off as i feel it represents the BULLSHIT hypocrisy in this country. The need to protect groups, and use “soft speech” to hide what they really mean. If schools want BLACK students to feel they are diverse then specify that you want black students.
I told him he should call news stations, and write to papers and perhaps even hire a lawyer, but he feels that it would be sinking down to their level.
Thoughts? Am i wrong to be bothered by this?