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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Unusual 'Race' check boxes


by Glenn Robinson

I'm always curious to see how different institutions create racial check boxes.

Here is an application for the mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program, funded by San Francisco.

I love that there is no check box for 'White' but instead European American, which acknowledges the foreignness of European Americans in the Americas. Although the check boxes are fairly comprehensive here, I'm disheartened to see there is no check box for Native American - on a form which was created on Native American land. This implies that Native Americans have been culturally erased.  This is the written outcome from the cultural and physical genocide of Native Americans. Amerindians make up less than 1% of U.S. population (and within that almost half are of mixed ethnic heritage), but as First Nation Peoples they should NEVER be overlooked or forgotten.

Via MissionLocal.org

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Glenn is an Irish, German, Dutch, English & Austrian European-American married to an Indigenous & Spanish Mexican-American. They have two children. Glenn is working toward progressive immigration reform, universal health care and desegregation within schools and communities. He is a lifelong learner interested in sociology, anthropology, psychology, history and politics.
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