Forced to Choose a Race – Birth Certificate Dictatorship

Via Scoop.itMixed American Life

I had the opportunity to “refuse to state” at the birth of both of my children.   For our first child I don’t remember anyone asking me the question. For our second child I was making a quick trip to the house to drop of Abuelita when my wife called me to let me know that the Birth Certificate Lady was asking what race our son was. I asked her to wait until I got back to the hospital.
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One thought on “Forced to Choose a Race – Birth Certificate Dictatorship

  1. Teja Arboleda August 31, 2011 / 8:14 pm

    Self-determination is what this whole country is based on, and this is wrapped in the power of self-determination as to how we describe ourselves individually – freedom of speech. No law can require you to indicate your race – that goes for the Census Bureau, jobs, college applications, marriage licenses, dating sites, alien invasion survival kit packets… In addition, Hispanic is not a color based race, rather, a language based category. I never fill it out. Let them come after me. Made a movie about it too!

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