I always try to answer either "Other" or "Mixed" when I apply to things, because as I say, I know who the fuck I am and I claim it all.
But lately, I've noticed a disturbing and extremely annoying trend.
- Black - Not Hispanic/Latino
- Latino - Not Black/White
- Native American/Native Hawaiian
- Asian/Pacific Islander
If you check off Hispanic, you can't check off Black.
And on some job application sites, you can't advance to the next page of the application if you don't check off a fucking race!
Do you know how many people I know who are Black/Hispanic? In particular I think of people from the Dominican Republic, who while there are a bunch who look "
What the hell is my kid???
Shit like that really pisses me off.
It ties into the post I intend to write later on... which is, we are who we claim to be. Unless some motherf*cker (ie, the Government) pigeonholes you into a race simply because of the way you look.
Which is always the way it's been. You know one thing that might help stop racism??? Stop MAKING people choose!
I asked my mother recently what it says on her birth certificate--mine doesn't say a race. Because on previous censuses, her family was designated "Mulatto". But at some point that changed, and they became "black". Which is really freakin' funny, since they got lighter in lighter in hue...
Had to add somethin'
In case you don't understand, the reason this pisses me off is because you CAN'T be "Other". You can't be "Mixed". So my kid in particular is going to have a problem...