Do we really need Mama Moni to step in and clarify? They put African American because that's is what BLACK people in this country call themselves. A generation (or two) ago it might have been colored and before that it was negro. Most check boxes say Black/African American because of this. If you're not racially/ethnically black (and I'm sure that we're all intelligent enough to know what that means) then you should not check it. End of story. That includes all North Africans of Arab/Middle Eastern descent in the 'non-AfricanAmerican' category.
Hispanic is different because it relates to ethnicity/national origin, not race. You can be black or white and be Hispanic.
For a potential future lawyer you missed one clear thing...no matter what is implied...it is written as "AFRICAN AMERICAN" and hmmm...last time I checked Egypt was in Africa. I don't care why it was written or how it's a PC term. As for "African - black" that was the original point I was arguing against. If you go to Tunisia...there are Arab and African looking people..but what if a person is mixed? What if a person tans better? Is there going to be the PC police to see where they fall? If you have the term African American and a few unintended people fall under that blanket than too bad change the term. NUFF SAID