Facebook Went There – Race


I had been telling people that identity sites like Facebook and Google+ don’t have a field for race – because race does not define us.

Well, maybe I was wrong – again.

Facebook went there – at least on this ‘Brief survey’ that popped up at the top of my page.

Now is my chance to protest the establishment. Oops, they don’t have a box to write in what I really am: Human and a mix of my parents, grandparents, great grandparents and so on — all the way back to my African brothers and sisters who Created All People.

People would look at me and label me White. I detest the label White and the label Caucasian. People of European heritage are either pink from North Europe, orange from Central Europe or brown from South Europe.

Caucasian is a race. The concept of race has been proven to be non-sense years ago. Notice they don’t use the term Negro or Mongoloid – so why are they using the term Caucasian?

They also don’t use the term red or yellow, so why are they using the term White when people know that White is associated with so many negatives (White Pride, White Power, White Supremacy, White Racism, White Privilege).

Facebook! If the U.S. Census is allowing us to check more then one box and to write in our race – you certainly can do the same.

Facebook! You can also add the terms European American, Latino American, East Asian American, South Asian American and Black American while you are at it.


Glenn is of the Irish, German, Dutch, English, and Austrian diasporas. He is taken by Charo who is of Spanish and Amerindian heritage. They have two children, made in California. He likes sociology, anthropology, ethnography, psychology & history.

Check his projects and connect with him at CommunityVillage.us

5 thoughts on “Facebook Went There – Race

  1. A.M.B. November 26, 2012 / 3:04 pm

    I’ve always hated those types of “check the box” race/ethnicity lists. Honestly, I don’t even like checking the “multi-cultural” box and then having to specify on what is usually a short, character-limited line.


    • Glenn Robinson November 28, 2012 / 5:57 am

      I also used to dislike those boxes very much. Now I understand they are a necessary nuisance in order to track discrimination, required by the 1964 civil rights act.


  2. TexasTrailerParkTrash November 17, 2012 / 7:21 pm

    Cool blog! I’ve added you to my blogroll. Thanks for stopping by my place, too. Y’all come back! 🙂


  3. Earnest Harris November 16, 2012 / 1:13 pm

    Right on Glenn. Very well said. Can’t believe Facebook went there with this nonsense and even worse went old school on the categories.


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