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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-09-07 03:33 PM
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22. My son is applying to college, so I have been reading some
college message boards. My son is half-Filipino so I have been frequenting some threads about race and ethnicity in college admissions.

The admissions officers seem to largely operate on the assumption that true African-Americans are descended from slaves. Their logic seems to be that more recent immigrants from Africa and the Carribean suffer from the same daily discrimination and racism as do true "AA" (as they abbreviate it), but do not suffer the psychological effects of the legacy of slavery. These officers say that the average incomes of immigrants from Africa and the Carribean is quite a bit higher though they do not get into why that is. In terms of college admissions, they try to tilt in favor of true AA's, over immigrants, though these days affirmative action in college admissions is under attack.

As for Obama, I agree with most that it is up to him to determine his ethnicity. My son can tell people he is Filipino, White, or anything else as far as I am concerned (he has small amount of Native American and Black in him as well.)
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