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Stop Asking About My Race

Dear Americans,

Please, stop asking me about my race. I don’t like to include that kind of information in any form because I find it to be intrusive and annoying… not to say offensive. I never know how to identify myself and I don’t know what “race” or “ethnicity” or whatever you want to call it I am, because I’ve never before thought of myself as being part of any racial or ethnic group other than the human one.

I honestly think I can’t identify myself on any of those classifications because they don’t make any sense. You can ask me what’s my home country or even what’s my parents’ home country… but please, don’t make me check a box to specify my race.

Let me clarify this. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, you can identify yourself as white; black; of Hispanic/Latino/Spanish origin; American Indian/Alaska Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander or some other race or origin.

US Census 2010 Form Race

US Census 2010 Form Race (via commons.wikimedia.org)

Does this classification make any sense in the 21st century? Not at all. That’s what I think.

What’s the factor that determines your race or your ethnicity?

Is it your skin color? Is it your culture? Is it your country of origin? Is it your ancestors’ origin?

According to Wikipedia, for nearly three centuries race was defined by a person’s appearance, his social circle (how he lived), and his known non-White ancestry, while ethnicity refers to a social group of people who identify with each other based on common ancestral, social, cultural, or national experience.

Again, does this classification makes any sense on 2014? Come on, people… let’s be realist.

We live in a diverse, multicultural world. People move every day from one country to another, just as they’ve been doing since the beginning of the world. We are all influenced by other cultures and we are all thankfully mixed. Why then that obsession to separate people in different groups?

Whatever the purpose of your classification is, call me what you want. I don’t feel this or that. Next time someone ask me to identify my race in a form, I’ll say “chihuahua”.

What do you think? Do you have a different point of view? Let me know in the comments below!