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  1. Interesting remark from D. Jimenez, on FB:

    As African American is an ethnic grouping, not race I’ll mark that being a descendant of primarily Louisiana Creole African and Central Africans. I will be crossing out the word “Negro” to make a point. My husband will be crossing out Hispanic/Latino and write in the word “Hispanophone” and write in Afro Dominican as his cultural, ethnic heritage. Yes, I’m sure they will be contacting us to explain our answers!

  2. From FB, comment fro AJ D:

    Great job! We filled out the form after watching you on CNN…. Why don’t they have a Mongolian category? LOL =)

  3. From, FB: Mimaguera de los Santos

    keep it up sista ! 19th-20th cent. notions of race(s) in America slowly crumblin’ as people of color mix & grove with other peeps of color ! Ah, the Browning of America, just taking our lands back. Nuestra America.

  4. From FB, fro J. Thomas:

    good talk about the N word and reparations talk…coming back after Obama passed the historical Health Care bill… and some whites saying Immigration reform should have came 1st so they could send us Latinos back…..just got mine..1 Latino (not Hispanic) and why don’t we have a Dominican box more of us than Cubans!?

  5. From R. Daniels, via email:

    Raquel, interesting piece on CNN today. I came across a similar situation last year here in Dallas, TX. As a Realtor I am required to submit fingerprints for state licensing and have no issues in doing so. However, on the form last year was a slot for ‘skin tone.’ I was quite dismayed to see this since I am an Asian Indian and my skin color changes throughout the year.

    I reached out to my local organizations regarding the ‘skin tone’ question, but received very little response. Maybe because I am a minority I took more offense to the question, but I really feel that it is a redundant question since they take our photographs during the fingerprint session.

    Anyway, just thought that I would add my two cents.

    keep up the good work

    sincerely

    R. Daniels a.k.a Beige Brown

  6. I agree that it is confusing for any individual of color that may have many different ethnic origins have to check off one box that generalizes the whole. Getting out of the box never felt so good!

    Thanks Raquel for the heightened awareness to pay attention to our choices!

  7. I put three or more under “other.” Let them guess what I am! I’m an American, what difference does it make? They are saying that the census is to help them figure out how much money to distribute in our community. Why does it matter what we are? We are American people who pay all of our taxes! Case closed!

  8. IM VERY ANGRY THAT THE CENSUS WANTS TO TRY TO CONSIDER MEXICAN/LATINO/HISPANIC AS WHITE..IM NOT F.ING WHITE AND I WILL NEVER BE!! SO I CHECKED SOME OTHER RACE AND WROTE MEXICAN AMERICAN B/C THAT WHAT I AM!! WHITE PEOPLE WILL BE MINORTY SOON & WHOS FAULT IS THAT? NOT MINES SO DONT TRY TO CONSIDER ME WHITE!!!PROUD TO BE A MEXICAN AMERICAN NOTHING MORE OR NOTHING LESS!!!

  9. Recently, I found the 2010 Census form hanging on my door. As I began filling it out, I came across a dilemma. The U.S. government wants to know if my children are adopted or not and it wants to know what our races are. Being adopted myself, I had to put “Other” and “Don’t Know Adopted” for my race and “Other” and “Don’t Know” for my kids’ races.

    Can you imagine not knowing your ethnicity, your race? Now imagine walking into a vital records office and asking the clerk for your original birth certificate only to be told “No, you can’t have it, it’s sealed.”

    How about being presented with a “family history form” to fill out at every single doctor’s office visit and having to put “N/A Adopted” where life saving information should be?

    Imagine being asked what your nationality is and having to respond with “I don’t know”.

    It is time that the archaic practice of sealing and altering birth certificates of adopted persons stops.

    Adoption is a 5 billion dollar, unregulated industry that profits from the sale and redistribution of children. It turns children into chattel who are re-labeled and sold as “blank slates”.

    Genealogy, a modern-day fascination, cannot be enjoyed by adopted persons with sealed identities. Family trees are exclusive to the non-adopted persons in our society.

    If adoption is truly to return to what is best for a child, then the rights of children to their biological identities should NEVER be violated. Every single judge that finalizes an adoption and orders a child’s birth certificate to be sealed should be ashamed of him/herself.

    I challenge all readers: Ask the adopted persons that you know if their original birth certificates are sealed.

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