Some people have something new to whine about: there’s a block on the new census form which “people who associate themselves with the racial group most frequently associated with the half-Caucasian US President” can check, identifying themselves as “Black, African Am. or Negro.” And some people are upset because they thus have to define themselves as “Negro”. Presumably they never donate to the UNCF. The government claims that there are many older PWATWTRGMFAWTH-CUSP who define themselves as “Negro”, and I can well believe it. You know those matrons who speak whiter-than-white, who say “surely” when assenting to something and pronounce all their consonants? They’re probably school teachers who would put this multiple-choice question on a test:
Which term defines a member of a racial group?
B. African Am.
The correct answer is of course “C”. Black is a color, and most Blacks aren’t black. I’m assuming that “African Am. ” am short for “African-American”, and that defines continent of origin, not race, as in that guy from Mozambique who got into all that trouble…or locally, Roy Ganzenhauser of the Oriental Rug Warehouse or composer James Wilding would be African-Americans.
Now, I’m not saying that people don’t have the right to define themselves how they please; of course they do. But the argument about using the politically-incorrect term du jour misses the real racial problem here: if we are a color-blind society, what compelling interest does the State have in finding out who is what race? Isn’t that what they used to do in South Africa? I always used to answer questions requesting a racial identifier with “Human” in the “Other” blank, but lately I’ve started using “Confederate-American” (though I’m not one) out of solidarity with the last ethnic group that it’s still PC to joke about and disparage (Southrons are a conquered subjected people; why can’t they be hyphenated-Americans too?) Perhaps, if PWATWTRGMFAWTH-CUSP want to protest “Negro” (in spite of it being technically the correct term) and still be counted as PWATWTRGMFAWTH-CUSP, they could use the “Other” blank to define themselves as “pickininny” or “jigaboo” — which really are offensive terms. Or better yet, tell them how many adults and how many children live there, and leave the marketing survey for government “services” blank.