I'm 1/4 Egyptian, 3/4 Syrian, and going through a moral dilemma. Although Egypt is in Africa, and most schools that I've contacted have told me that I can identify as AA, is this the wise thing to do? When I think of African Americans, I think of black people (as do the majority of people). However, just because society is trained to equate African Americans with being black, is that reason to discount Egyptians from being part of the African American community? I am certainly not white because I have some natural color, but I am not black either. I would very much like to identify myself as an African American, but I would feel more comfortable doing so with the assurance of others that I'm not just "gaming the system."