Technically?

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It would be hard to have missed this in the news: After Meb Keflezighi became the first American to win the New York City Marathon since 1982, CNBC’s Darren Rovell wrote a piece insisting that Meb can’t actually be considered an American, since he was born in Africa (despite the fact that he is a legal citizen, has lived here since he was 12 and represented this country in the Olympics).

Naturally this has set off ugly debates all over the internet and elsewhere, and we’d like to start our own discussion (though ideally not an ugly one) here as well. Read up on this story, then post your thoughts!

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2 thoughts on “Technically?

  1. Yikes, this really upsets me. I was born in South Korea and it took me over 10 years, (yes, that’s not a typo) to become a US citizen. I’ve lived her for over 30 years and would be 100% offended by the article written. What a jerk! Meb’s an American and what he did at the NY marathon should be praised.

  2. Ludicrous. . . that would mean the millions of others American immigrants like Meb aren’t “technically” Americans. That’s just silly. I’m proud to see Meb represent the US in NYC, the Olympics and ALL of his other races!

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