2765Re: One Box Rule!
- Apr 18, 2007We've never checked just one box.
No matter what the directions says! LOL
With all 4 of my kids, and my husband,
it's always been black/white/other.
Yes, all 3 of them.
The statistic collector can
figure it out from there....
"Creativlit" <oldshoe_bailey@...> wrote:
Today my son brought me some paperwork from the
skills center he wants to attend in highshool.
My son is Sliammon First Nation, Ojibway
Nation and French American. He is visually
identified as Native American. As a matter
of fact he has pretty much lived his life
being a Native American person who lives
urban not rez. He has been accused
of being Latino and lying about it.
I remember when he was 3 yrs old and ralized
how racism was affecting him when he came
inside after playing with kids and told me
he wanted a baby sister with blue eyes so
he could cut her eyes out and have them.
It was pretty shocking hearing that. And
he has the most beautiful amber brown eyes.
Well back to the skills center papers here again
I noticed the same problem we have faced for years.
In the application it ask you
to identify your race.
It says if you are more than
one race to choose one ONE race.
Of course you have the option of choosing
no race at all and leaving the box blank.
Every where i have ever filled a paper
out i have faced this problem.
I have felt forced to deny half
of me or half of my children.
The schools my children attend if you do
not pick one then their computer software
automatically resets the race to caucasian.
The impact of the One Box Rule is that there
is no true picture of race in america.
all the data and statistics based on race
or how events, society or whatever is
distributed is all skewed untrue data.
I percieve a truer reality would show that
more of us are Mixed-Race than those
who are of one true identified race.
The repurcussions of this false data flows through
government policies of all sorts, funding, college
applications. job statistics and much more.
Do we really have a true picture of American
society if we cant even offer the proper
options for listing an individuals identity?
I would like to see legislation on state and federal
levels banning the use of the one box policy.
I would like to see the option of choosing
biracial, multi racial and the given races.
I have seen this one place only. It was at a food bank.
There the form ask are you monoracial? bi racial?
triracial? and ask you to mark the races you
identify with along with a blank or other line to
write in races or ethnic groups that may not be listed.
There is a huge failure to understand that there
are more then 4 main racial groups in the world.
The food bank I mention at a later date published
a informal study they did using the new form.
They stated that the demographics and picture of
who they were serving drastically changed with
that form and they found the majority of
persons they served were biracial or more.
They changed their policies in the food bank to reflect
that to better serve the public becuase they realized
using the old One Box Rule they were failing the public
by pidgeonholing people into one race and whatever its
associated perceptions of social concerns might be.
I would like to hear your input
on eliminating the One Box Rule.
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