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If they are going by the census, people themselves choose what category they fall into.  No one decides you are "white" for you.  You have to pick.  That said, rather than be annoyed by the language, I find it annoying anyone cares who is white and who is colored.  They're made up categories few people completely fall into anyway.  Weird racial "science" nonsense.  I get the need for demographics, but the whole system of "I'm going to invent something called race, based on heritage (skin color), and now you have to choose when one best described your heritage (skin color), and then we'll see who has the most in their race.  Sound like fun?" is a product of white European hegemony.  

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 04:57:04 PM EST
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