One of my favorite passages from Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone
“Debt Chauffeur, that’s my name for him now, wants to marry me. He asked me down on bended knee, and I would have been honored – except he wants us to live in London, and he wants me to live white. I crowed at that. I laughed so hard and not a tear came. He couldn’t understand it. I don’t often think on how white I look; it’s always been a question of how colored I feel, and I feel plenty colored. He said that no one in London will know that I’m supposed to be colored. And I said I am colored, colored black, the way I talk, the way I cook, the way I do most everything, and he said but you don’t have to be. ”
― Alice Randall, The Wind Done Gone: A Novel
I just received my census today and I was surprised to see a box with the following choices: Black, African American or Negro. Seriously?!? WTF?!? Okay, I can understand that some people may identify with “Black” and that some other people identify with “African American”…. but who the hell is identifying with “NEGRO”?!? Was the Government right in assuming that there would be an uproar from those lone “Negroes” still identifying as such? I mean, if that’s the case, why isn’t “Colored” one of the choices? Or “Mulatto”? Or “Quadroon”? Or “Octoroon”? Is this 2010 or 1810? Which box is my President supposed to check? And did anyone run this past President Obama, ya know, like a rough draft before it was printed and mailed out to millions of people? I’m just saying….
Oh, here’s another thing I just noticed: where is Arab, Middle Eastern, Afghan, Israeli, Egyptian, Aborigine and Greek? Are they all white? How is that fair that ALL of those different races get to check white? Do you really think that they’re going to check “Other Asian” or “Some other race” and fill in the blank? Not to mention that Irish, Polish, German, Russian and Australian have been checking white all along. Okay, they “look” white for the most part. What happened to the “European” distinction? Exactly! It went the way of the 8 track player… GONE!! Think about it, if “White” still had the distinction of “European”, then Arab, Middle Eastern and Israeli would NOT be able to check that box!!
And why are there so many fucking choices for Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin?
Here are their choices:
What the hell?!? Seriously!!
Posted in Race Relations
Tagged 1810, 2010 Census, African American, Arab, Black, Colored, European, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mulatto, Negro, Octoroon, President Obama, Quadroon, Race, White