One of my coworkers brought this news article to my attention and said although she understood why people were upset by this "campaign" of sorts, but thinks that the school district got it wrong.
"South Africa is part of Africa right?" she said.
"So that makes him African, right? Even if he's white he's African. He's from Africa."
"Charlize Theron is from South Africa. She's African. Just because you're white doesn't mean that you can't be African. If you're from Africa, then you're African."
I wasn't sure of what to say to my coworker.
Incidentally, the coworker who brought this to my attention is black.