Monday, March 8, 2010
Here is a suggestion for how to fill out your census form: Check "other" and write in "American". I kinda like "human" myself since it is a race, at least in ordinary language. Besides, I thought the latest scientific thinking was that race does not correspond to any biological reality, in which case, how are you supposed to answer the question honestly? "I am what federal administrators refer to as 'white'"? Half Black Irish and half WASP is not a race I suspect, though the English certainly thought of the Irish as a race for much of their existence. Maybe write in "Papist." Maybe in the future the government will require us all to take DNA tests so we can settle this once and for all, and each race or whatever you want to call it could be assigned a 15 digit number that would identify precisely all the different contributors to your genome.