« on: December 23, 2006, 01:32:08 PM »
As of now, I'm 99.99 percent certain that I'm going to U-M. It'll take dramatic scholarships from Penn or UVA to deter me...
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That's an interesting question, and I think any response will probably be unclear. When Africans were first brought over here many moons ago, there was not a definite way in identifying them, save skin color. However, with the increase of mix races and other darker races, it became (and still is) difficult to denote a person as African american simply because of skin color. Nevertheless, I suppose that there are not any "clear and distinct" conditions that should be met. As of now, it seems as if having dark skin is sufficient enough, but that clearly has problems. Additionaly, one might be able to argue that being "african american" simply means being part african and part american, or a little bit of both. Yet, this criteria could potentially allow any one to be an african american, rendering the term useless. Labeling any group is invaribly an intricate matter, and I am not certain how law schools are dealing with this complexity.
To answer the question, I do not believe that there are universally agreed upon conditions, which must be met to qualify as an african american.