Date: Wed, 2 Nov 1994 02:00:00 LCL From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: who is african american did anyone else see the article in the chronicle of higher ed a few months ago about a white guy who checked "african american" on his application to law school (at johns hopkins, i think)? his paternal grandparents are white zambians, so he reasoned that he could count as "african american" since he can trace his family tree, rather recently, into africa. the school accepted him, then noticed that he had checked "white" on his financial aid form, found out he was indeed of european stock, and rescinded his acceptance. he's suing, claiming that they must've just accepted him because they thought he was black. they say they'd do the same to anyone who answered their forms inconsistently. he says it wasn't inconsistent-- "african american" makes no reference to race. lynne ______________________________________________________________________ M. Lynne Murphy e-mail: 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Lecturer, Dept. of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 South Africa "Language without meaning is meaningless." --Roman Jakobson