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Re: CHAT: US ancestry [was Re: FWD [OT but interesting] Arctic people seek common alphabet]

From:Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 20, 2002, 19:34
[sorry for plugging this at the top...]
Catch this--I saw a form a couple of days ago that
asked you to mark race as (roughly) "White",
"African-American", "Native American", "Asian
American", "Multi-racial", and "Spanish Surname".
Okay, so there was this lady I knew from Guatemala who
married a "White" (the only one referred to by colour,
notice....).  So, somehow, upon her wedding she
changed races.

And I'm glad that they have "multi-racial" for blokes
like me--I remember my senior year of high school,
this girl of half Japanese, half Anglo-American
descent being forced to fill out a form saying what
race she was--she was asked to disinherit herself from
half her family.  But "multi-racial"--what's that?
According to that, I'm of the same race as the girl I
just mentioned, or of Tiger Woods, or whatever.


--- "Thomas R. Wier" <trwier@...> wrote:
> Quoting Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>: > > > On Fri, 16 Aug 2002 02:48:58 -0500 "Thomas R. > Wier" <trwier@...> > > writes: > > > Perhaps most curious of all about these two > lists is the glaring > > > nce of some category to represent African > Americans', Hispanics' > > > and many Asians' ancestries, who seem to be > lumped into an "Other > > > groups" category with a whopping 83,110,113 > people in it, while > > > Germans and French both have three categories, > and Scots have two. > > [snip] > > > Where are these lists from? If i remember > correctly my filling out the > > census form, i was suprised at the sheer number of > subdivisions within > > the "Hispanic" and "(East/South-)Asian" > categories, while in contrast > > everyone whose ancestors came from the large and > varied area roughly > > bounded by Iceland, Morocco, Iran, and (European) > Russia were all lumped > > together into the cateogry "White" (or maybe > "Caucasian"). > > I got those from the US Census website. I looked > for other > kinds of ancestry listed, but I didn't find any > then. It may > well be that all caucasian ancestries are grouped to > gather, > all mongoloid ancestries, etc. Which would still be > worrisome, > since it implies that race *does*, somehow, have > meaning. > >
> Thomas Wier > Dept. of Linguistics "Nihil magis praestandum est > quam ne pecorum ritu > University of Chicago sequamur antecedentium gregem, > pergentes non qua > 1010 E. 59th Street eundum est, sed qua itur." -- > Seneca > Chicago, IL 60637
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