[Ads-l] "Born in" vs. "second-generation"

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Fri Jul 17 18:03:57 UTC 2015

"[Three Boston Celtics basketball players] will be members of Team World, which will face Team Africa, comprised of players born in Africa or second-generation Africans."

Adam Himmelsbach, Globe Staff, Boston Globe, today, Sports.

Huh?  Aren't "second-generation Africans" by definition born in Africa?  This criterion for Team Africa is presumably meant to exclude immigrants born outside Africa, but the writer's explanation eludes me.


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