We just can't get over it. We want to be hyphenated but we want to be assimilated. I read this headline this morning:
"Interracial Marriage Still Rising, But Not As Fast" (here's the entire article)
My immediate response was:
1. How do you define interracial these days?
2. Shouldn't we just be glad people are getting married instead of living together?
And then when I read the stuff about the census data, I got all annoyed again. They wrote this line:
By some estimates, two-thirds of those who checked the single box of "black" on the census form are actually mixed, including President Barack Obama, who identified himself as black in the 2010 census even though his mother was white.
If you look at old census data you see people identifying themselves as White, Black, or M for mulatto or mixed. But that designation of "White" carried further detail. People identified themselves as "German" or "Irish" or "English", etc. Because of slavery, blacks could not further identify as "Ghanaian", "Angolan" or "Congolese." They had no idea. So why did it matter what flavor of white person the white person was? And why does it matter now what flavor of color any of us are?
So let's get rid of it. Let's just ask: "Citizen" or "Resident Alien" and leave it there. The more we ask for specificity the more we perpetuate division.
Let's just all say "AMERICAN."