What kind of race do you put in an aplication???

Daniela - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My babies are half Black and Half Mexican, and i'm so confuse filling that part of the aplications What shoud I answer in this part??

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Quatia - posted on 03/29/2010

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Human ;) .... Race in the u.s. is unfortunately defined as "color of your skin" which a college roommate from Haiti found out and was completely offended by it. "Im not Black, I'm Haitian" she would say. When people see my children I ask if you see them and didnt know I was their mother what color would they be, "white" ...so depending on what I am filling out I fill out "white" because that is their race, now their origin, ethnicity or nationality that is a WHOLE lot of checks! ... Race pertains more to color (which the exception of Native Americans/Eastern Asian, etc.) ... But black/white... usually just the color of your child's skin. Census race: White/Black, Hispanic Origin, Nationality; Puerto Rican/Panamanian... ...

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F - posted on 08/29/2012

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Growing up in the South (arkansas), when i was in primary school the standardised tests always ask for race. Well, back then it was white, black, asian, and hispanic. They say mark one. Well, meeh being the person I am (even at 7yrs old) I said, "I don't see what I am on here". My teacher told meeh, just to mark black. I told her that I wasnt just black, mye mum is white though. Sadly enough, the teacher argued with meeh back and forth until I just said ok, and then filled in 1/2 of the black cirlcle and 1/2 of the white cirlce. In your face teacher :) But nowadays, i just choose the box that says OTHER or 2 or more races.

Marcia - posted on 08/28/2012

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Well this really cheeses me off at the best of times when filling in a form for myself let alone my child that's mixed. I make a point of stating in block capital letters, as there's always every other variation of 'Black' on forms other than BRITISH. I'm British, born and raised here in the UK, and there's every shade and type of 'Black' on forms other than British. So, I always cross them through and right BLACK BRITISH! As for my little ones, as they don't have me on a forms, it's not going to have them in the 'mix list' either. So again, I cross though, and write BLACK BRITISH & WHITE BRITISH MIX, on a form...see if that gets the point across! LOL. I suggest you do the same, cross them out and say BLACK & MEXICAN MIXED RACE. Maybe they'll get the point across, that they shouldn't generalise and leave a space that simply asks for your race and let people write it in; other than ticking a stupid box like we're all clones. We're all unique, or have a unique twist to our families.

Jenell - posted on 03/29/2010

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Ladies I wondered the same thing, what race should I classify my children under? I always hate when applications ask race, if the questional is optional I always skip it. I don't like labels and I don't want to label my children. They are a mixture of their father and I, I fall under the black race and he falls under white. So what! We have beautiful children. I do have one question though, because I am trying to migrate to the DC area, but I am a little timid because of the whole having bi-racial children thing. I don't want my kids to feel like they don't belong because of their race, so I am afraid to move not knowing how culturely diverse the area is for younger children. Any advice?

Amie - posted on 03/28/2010

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I don't like to label my child either...but at times you have to make a choice. I just filled out my 2010 Census. My daughter is half African and half white. When she gets older I feel that it is her choice which box she prefers to check. On the Census, I checked other and gave the explanation "bi-racial." I'm sure if they want to know more they will contact me and ask.

Roz - posted on 03/27/2010

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When someone asks my my child's race I tell them she is of the Human race and that's all they need to know!!!!

Nancy Jo - posted on 03/25/2010

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my daughter is half black on her father's side and half white on mine... I check both boxes, and if they have a question they can ask

Shaconnie - posted on 03/25/2010

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On the Census you can check as many boxes as you want. It's important to read the forms you are filing out. As far as other applications, you can put whatever you want or nothing at all. Children qualify for benefits for colleges regardless of race, but yes there are some scholarships that may target minorities. If your child is lucky enough to fit in several categories, go for it.

Sherri - posted on 03/20/2010

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Wow, my kids dad is Mexican, but his birth certificate has him listed as white...LOL, and my son in law is named Salazar, but he is white, and his birth certificate lists him as Mexican...so funny...It is all so confusing sometimes...I have listed my kids as white, but I have heard that you put them down as Whatever their father is....In the case of doing the Census, I would think it would be important to list them as Hispanic so the States get a correct share of benefits that may help our children, also does anyone know if our children qualify for benefits for college etc from the loans for college etc????

Tammy - posted on 03/19/2010

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Depending on the type of application, I think those questions are optional anyway. If I were you, I wouldn't answer. What business is it of theirs and why do they feel a need to "label" your child? I have a bi-racial daughter who does not at all look hispanic ...but shes' half Puerto Rican. Race is really none of their business.

Julie - posted on 03/18/2010

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It really shoudn't matter. Put both races or maybe put other. my daughters are half hispanic & half Korean.My granddaughter is Korean,White & Hispanic not to mention my grandson is half white and Hispanic. Sometimes it gets irritating because some people focus on this too much! We are all people what does this matter anyway.

Keisha - posted on 03/18/2010

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You can put whatever you want. You can choose, unless there is an option to select both. Check the application carefully because being able to select more than one is becoming more common now.

Nicole - posted on 03/18/2010

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I know I was confused at first when filling out an application for my children, when I asked about it I was told that whatever race the child's father is, then that is what race they are considered.

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