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Would you refuse to check box on your race for the govt?

By Dr Dij ·
Students at local high schools are now refusing to check an ethnic background box on school forms, which is giving govt wig/wogs the willies.

Will this destroy the govts efforts at discriminating positively or negatively to a specific ethnic group? Will that force the end to us looking at ourselves as specific ethnic groups? Will some govt employee who manages the database have his head explode over this?

in some cases there is no obvious box to check, for example student who is italian and nigerian. or student who is african american plus cherokee. another student looks 'white' but identifies with his 1/4 heritage of other origin.

They actually ask for '3rd party observers' to check the students ethnic background for them at times. That seems particularly bizarre and creeps me out, having someone else decide my ethnic background by looking at my face for 30 seconds or looking at one of my last name which comes from only one parent:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/nation/story/82548.html

If you are not 'white' are you willing to give out your ethnic makeup? Should it really matter?

for that matter, if you ARE
'white', do you check the box for your 1/64th black or asian or american indian ancestor?

I don't have a problem with proclaiming my (not large percent) american indian ancestry. 'Scalp you all' if you get me PO'd by questioning it.

I was called on it once as I applied to Stanford long ago and on reply form they asked for my Bureau of Indian Affairs office # :)

I think this scares the govt as if everyone did this they pretty much couldn't do anything about it (except mandatory genetic testing?)

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I can't tell you.

by santeewelding In reply to Would you refuse to check ...
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Mmmmmhhh....

by Dr Dij In reply to I can't tell you.
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Because

by santeewelding In reply to Mmmmmhhh....

This is all about not, and, if I did, I would have.

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An interesting question...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Would you refuse to check ...

Will that force the end to us looking at ourselves as specific ethnic groups?

Not likely, until our daily inputs stop framing us as Asian-American, African-American, Latino, et al.

I'm of the opinion this is purposeful. Divide and conquer.

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Oops. Forgot to say Good For Them.

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It is clear

by santeewelding In reply to An interesting question.. ...

That you should avoid the question box about senior moments.

Word is, that will be on there, too.

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Are you

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to It is clear

calling me 'old'? :0

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No

by santeewelding In reply to Are you
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I will

by .Martin. In reply to Are you

call you old

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Quibble.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to An interesting question.. ...

"Not likely, until our daily inputs stop framing us as Asian-American, African-American, Latino, et al."

If framing is being done, those framed are doing it themselves. No one else can declare you a Hyphenated-American without your cooperation.

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Nunyabizness

by NickNielsen In reply to Would you refuse to check ...

Back in the day, when they left a blank line, I would write "human" on the line.

If I couldn't see any reason why they should need to know my race, I entered "400 high".

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