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  • prettycutetk
    I understand how you feel. I am 31 years old and have always refused to mark just one race. At my job I was called in the office because corporate had sent an
    Message 1 of 5 , Apr 6, 2008
      I understand how you feel. I am 31 years old
      and have always refused to mark just one race.
      At my job I was called in the office because
      corporate had sent an email to the secretary
      stating that I had to pick a race.
      I told her to tell them that when they have MY race then
      I would check that box and that I refused to pick just one.
      They didn't say anything else to me and in my files
      it says N/A ... That is TERRIBLE ... now I'm N/A!!!
      I have seen that more forms now that have multi-cultural
      or biracial but, we aren't all the way there yet!



      In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com, wintyreeve@... wrote:


      Hello Friends,

      With a stroke of the pen, my child became listed as
      a completely different race--in all of 30 seconds.

      When I went to enroll my child in school the infamous
      "pick a race" box was listed on the school forms.
      There were three boxes that applied to my child.
      Then there was a line asking how I wanted my
      child's race to be identified. I wrote in "multi-racial".

      I was soon to find out, why ask when you don't have a choice!

      The school secretary aka the Government Representative
      of the 'One Box Rule' informed me that I can only choose
      one box, and have to identify my child as "something".
      I told her that we are a 'multi-racial' family and none of
      these definitions apply. She shrugged her shoulders and
      said well you have to pick only one. So I told the lady
      "Okay then check Hispanic, because I think Hispanic is
      the most diverse race listed in your boxes." Keep in mind
      there is a special box for Hispanic people in my state...
      and my children definitely are not Latino. But that's okay
      because in thirty seconds my family just became
      Hispanic! Now we are doubly 'multi-racial', and sure
      to confuse more narrow minded government officials!

      I don't see the point as identifying race on school forms if
      you have to lie and deny your ethnicity. Some people argue
      if you don't check one box then certain racial groups will
      not get funding or services because they are not targeted as
      in need. I think the need is obvious -- 'multi-racial'should
      be listed on the forms. I think when it comes to targeting
      communities in need IF the government spent our tax
      dollars responsibility, and truly listened to the people we
      would not have to pick and choose who is worthy of help
      and who is not, and cut children in need out of the budget.

      That's just my opinion though... but now I see how the
      system works, I am going to check every box possible at
      every opportunity to show how multi-racial my family is!

      Best Wishes, Lynn
    • Va Murimi
      I simply don t check any boxes any more. When my kids registered for school here in Canada only their first language (French or English) was asked about by the
      Message 2 of 5 , Apr 6, 2008
        I simply don't check any boxes any more.
        When my kids registered for school here in Canada only their
        first language (French or English)was asked about by the school.


        prettycutetk <prettycutetk@...> wrote:
        I understand how you feel. I am 31 years old
        and have always refused to mark just one race.
        At my job I was called in the office because
        corporate had sent an email to the secretary
        stating that I had to pick a race.
        I told her to tell them that when they have MY race then
        I would check that box and that I refused to pick just one.
        They didn't say anything else to me and in my files
        it says N/A ... That is TERRIBLE ... now I'm N/A!!!
        I have seen that more forms now that have multi-cultural
        or biracial but, we aren't all the way there yet!

        In Generation-Mixed@ yahoogroups. com, wintyreeve@. .. wrote:

        Hello Friends,

        With a stroke of the pen, my child became listed as
        a completely different race--in all of 30 seconds.

        When I went to enroll my child in school the infamous
        "pick a race" box was listed on the school forms.
        There were three boxes that applied to my child.
        Then there was a line asking how I wanted my
        child's race to be identified. I wrote in "multi-racial" .

        I was soon to find out, why ask when you don't have a choice!

        The school secretary aka the Government Representative
        of the 'One Box Rule' informed me that I can only choose
        one box, and have to identify my child as "something".
        I told her that we are a 'multi-racial' family and none of
        these definitions apply. She shrugged her shoulders and
        said well you have to pick only one. So I told the lady
        "Okay then check Hispanic, because I think Hispanic is
        the most diverse race listed in your boxes." Keep in mind
        there is a special box for Hispanic people in my state...
        and my children definitely are not Latino. But that's okay
        because in thirty seconds my family just became
        Hispanic! Now we are doubly 'multi-racial' , and sure
        to confuse more narrow minded government officials!

        I don't see the point as identifying race on school forms if
        you have to lie and deny your ethnicity. Some people argue
        if you don't check one box then certain racial groups will
        not get funding or services because they are not targeted as
        in need. I think the need is obvious -- 'multi-racial' should
        be listed on the forms. I think when it comes to targeting
        communities in need IF the government spent our tax
        dollars responsibility, and truly listened to the people we
        would not have to pick and choose who is worthy of help
        and who is not, and cut children in need out of the budget.

        That's just my opinion though... but now I see how the
        system works, I am going to check every box possible at
        every opportunity to show how multi-racial my family is!

        Best Wishes, Lynn


      • Rosanna
        Yes, happily I too have noticed that more forms these days have a check all that apply option or a multiracial category, but there are still many that do not,
        Message 3 of 5 , Apr 6, 2008
          Yes, happily I too have noticed that more forms these days
          have a check all that apply option or a multiracial
          category, but there are still many that do not, and
          many institutions which require us to "pick one."
          I find this ridiculous since so many Americans are
          multiracial/multicultural; however, society has
          yet to fully wrap its brain around this fact.


          In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com,
          "prettycutetk" <prettycutetk@...> wrote:


          I understand how you feel. I am 31 years old
          and have always refused to mark just one race.
          At my job I was called in the office because
          corporate had sent an email to the secretary
          stating that I had to pick a race.
          I told her to tell them that when they have MY race then
          I would check that box and that I refused to pick just one.
          They didn't say anything else to me and in my files
          it says N/A ... That is TERRIBLE ... now I'm N/A!!!
          I have seen that more forms now that have multi-cultural
          or biracial but, we aren't all the way there yet!


          In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com,
          "Lynn" <wintyreeve@...> wrote:


          Hello Friends,

          With a stroke of the pen, my child became listed as
          a completely different race--in all of 30 seconds.

          When I went to enroll my child in school the infamous
          "pick a race" box was listed on the school forms.
          There were three boxes that applied to my child.
          Then there was a line asking how I wanted my
          child's race to be identified. I wrote in "multi-racial".

          I was soon to find out, why ask when you don't have a choice!

          The school secretary aka the Government Representative
          of the 'One Box Rule' informed me that I can only choose
          one box, and have to identify my child as "something".
          I told her that we are a 'multi-racial' family and none of
          these definitions apply. She shrugged her shoulders and
          said well you have to pick only one. So I told the lady
          "Okay then check Hispanic, because I think Hispanic is
          the most diverse race listed in your boxes." Keep in mind
          there is a special box for Hispanic people in my state...
          and my children definitely are not Latino. But that's okay
          because in thirty seconds my family just became
          Hispanic! Now we are doubly 'multi-racial', and sure
          to confuse more narrow minded government officials!

          I don't see the point as identifying race on school forms if
          you have to lie and deny your ethnicity. Some people argue
          if you don't check one box then certain racial groups will
          not get funding or services because they are not targeted as
          in need. I think the need is obvious -- 'multi-racial'should
          be listed on the forms. I think when it comes to targeting
          communities in need IF the government spent our tax
          dollars responsibility, and truly listened to the people we
          would not have to pick and choose who is worthy of help
          and who is not, and cut children in need out of the budget.

          That's just my opinion though... but now I see how the
          system works, I am going to check every box possible at
          every opportunity to show how multi-racial my family is!

          Best Wishes, Lynn
        • Lindz
          I thought the education department was now required to say check all that apply? Not that they follow it, but if they want to get picky,say you re following
          Message 4 of 5 , Apr 7, 2008
            I thought the education department was now
            required to say 'check all that apply?'
            Not that they follow it, but if they want
            to get picky,say you're following the law.
            I have definitely seen an increase over the years, and
            if it does say check one, I ignore it and check all.

            Actually, when I was younger, someone did a survey of some after
            school group I was with that had races listed and then a blank
            to fill in the number of people in the group that fit each race.
            We had nine people there but it added up to ten.
            I have no idea why...


            In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com, "Rosanna"
            <rosanna_armendariz@...> wrote:


            Yes, happily I too have noticed that more forms these days
            have a check all that apply option or a multiracial
            category, but there are still many that do not, and
            many institutions which require us to "pick one."
            I find this ridiculous since so many Americans are
            multiracial/multicultural; however, society has
            yet to fully wrap its brain around this fact.
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