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what do you put as your race if you are middle eastern?


i'm an upcoming junior & i just made a collegevine account! one issue i'm having is that i don't know how to categorize my race. i'm palestinian-american but i don't know if that counts as white or asian.


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Good question... on the US census Middle Eastern or Arab (I hope that isn’t a slur, and if it is I’m sorry...) is considered White, and for a lot of college webinars that I have signed up for there is a “explain your race” section where they go into further detail. White is broken down into Middle Eastern and European. I know geographically the Middle East is part of asia minor but I would list it as White just to be safe. You can always inquire with a specific school to see what their race policies are. Good luck!

Edit: so i just did some googling and for college middle eastern, north african (morocco or egypt, ie) and european (western and eastern) are all considered white! hope this helps :,) it’s unfortunate that you guys don’t have your own race option; there really should be one for middle eastern people

I think the term SWANA or MENA is becoming the norm Southwest Asia/North Africa and Mid East/North African
thank you so much! and arab isn't a slur, so no need to worry about that. :)
ok good to know! glad it helped
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White, Caucasian is the box that fits best.