African American but not black

REWANPC-WIN_20150120_152536Rewan,
New York, NY.

I’m 15 years old, and I live in New York. My parents were both born and raised in Egypt and moved here in the ’80s. Let me cut to the chase- I’ve been called white, Hispanic, “light skin,” but I consider my self Arabic, because Egyptians speak Arabic and is located in the Middle East. But in schools, or anything under the city, i have no idea what to put for my race. What even is white?? Does it mean Caucasian? Why isn’t there an ‘other’ for some things? WHY DO THEY EVEN ASK FOR RACE? doesnt everyone like to say race doesnt matter? well, apparently it does if your asking me. can I just put African American? Its true, Egypt is in africa, everyone uses African American as a more polite way to say black. There are light African Americans, just as there are black people that arent African american, like Caribbeans. but i guess thats just the way it is.

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