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Stuck on Race

To quote Ron Weasley, how thick can you get?
Democrats criticize Haley's checking of 'white' on voter registration application
What box should Gov. Nikki Haley check when it comes to her race?

The South Carolina Democratic Party tried Thursday to make Haley out as a liar for checking "white" as her race on her 2001 Lexington County voter registration application.

Trying to create controversy with a ten year old voter registration card? Really? That is some weak sauce right there.

But the application had no specific option for "Indian." Her options were "white, black/African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American or other."

The governor stayed silent on the matter, although her allies accused the Democrats of the lowest-grade politics: race-baiting. Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, has never emphasized herself as South Carolina's first female and minority governor and the country's second Indian-American governor, but it has earned enormous national notoriety.
Anne Althouse comments, "It's bad enough that people are forced to make this choice. Criticizing them for how they puzzle it out when they are in a difficult category is just disgusting."

This is like those people who get mad at mixed race folk where one of the races in the mix is black for choosing to identify as anything other than black. As if they get to decide for others what their identity should be. Like we used to say back in the day, step off fools.

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  1. I think they should just have a category for people who don't want to answer. But why do they ask that question at all? Or why don't they just ask the question and have a line where you can answer in an open ended way? Then she could have just written "from India" to distinguish herself from Native Americans.

    To make a fight out of it is disgusting though.

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  2. I'm all for taking the race question off of any government document in any case. If all men are created equal, then why do we have to specify which "color" we are, since that's what it boils down to.

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  3. When the 2010 census asked me to state my race, I thought about it for a moment, then realized I too, could legitimately claim to be of hyphenated descent, and proudly wrote in that I am a "HUMAN-AMERICAN."
    So far, they haven't gotten back to me!

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