I remember being told once by a juvenile detention officer that for mixed kids they [the state] identifies race according to the striking physical features--meaning I am categorized as 'Black' because I have a dark complexion although I identify myself as Asian-American.
My son, on the other hand is half Puerto Rican, about a quarter Black, & a quarter Asian & while the most obvious answer for this situation is Hispanic or Latino, I wonder how do other families feel about this situation? My son's father is not as involved as he would like to be since he lives in a different state so my son is mostly exposed to a lot of Asian culture through me & my mom. Knowing first hand the experiences of being a mixed kid, I would never ask my son to choose only one thing to identify himself as, but I absolutely HATE having to fill out official forms for schools, assistance, etc that do not allow you to choose more than one option. Even when I try to leave them blank when I go to turn them in the person helping me will ask me again & I will simply say I am primarily Black & Asian while his father is full Puerto Rican to which they always circle the Hispanic/Latino option.
So what do you do? I know it's silly, but man oh man do I imagine myself having a little temper tantrum each time I run into these situations--like how can you categorize my son as just this when he is really mixed with a whole bunch of things!?
Also note, I am aware of the 'Other' option, but I'm talking about when even this option isn't listed because I would definitely settle for that!Answer Question
Answer by MokaMommy at 1:53 AM on Apr. 29, 2011
Answer by A522R at 2:03 AM on Apr. 29, 2011
Answer by A522R at 2:09 AM on Apr. 29, 2011
By law, you are never required to answer this portion, under any circumstance.
For your child's race-related social cognition, however, remind him that the elements of his DNA are a unique, precise blend that make him the special person he is meant to be; he will, in turn, learn to love his uniqueness and appreciate it in others as well.
Answer by Dr.MJ at 3:20 AM on Apr. 29, 2011
Answer by zoejains_momma at 3:25 AM on Apr. 29, 2011
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Answer by keisha613 at 12:23 PM on Apr. 29, 2011
Answer by ZeenaS.Muh at 2:53 PM on Apr. 29, 2011