Is there a solid reason to ask Americans about their racial and ethnic identitie

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  1. ptosis profile image76
    ptosisposted 14 months ago

    Is there a solid reason to ask Americans about their racial and ethnic identities?

    The United States prides itself on being a nation of immigrants. What does it mean to be an American? 

    I question the continuing use of objectionable race-conscious  questions about race and ethnicity. Is there a solid reason to ask Americans about their racial and ethnic identities? Let's put these political division in the dust bin of history along side mulatto and quadroon.

    These names were used for the Electoral College compromise that states a black male is worth 3/5 of a white man.

  2. lisavollrath profile image94
    lisavollrathposted 14 months ago

    One place that has a legitimate reason to ask about racial and ethnic identities is your doctor's office. Race and ethic background can influence which diseases and genetic traits might have an impact on your health.

    1. ptosis profile image76
      ptosisposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      Hey, I didn't even think about that! Great answer!

  3. bradmasterOCcal profile image32
    bradmasterOCcalposted 14 months ago

    This is a good and valid question. In modern times, the Census is the biggest abuser of asking too many questions about us. What does ethnicity have to do with the government.

    First of all there has been so many interracial babies that it would be difficult to say what is the race of millions of people. In the case of Obama how can we call him Black as he is half white. The point is that picking a race in that case is purely subjective.

    In the second case, what difference does it make. It is not like the government has made a difference in the race equality. If we want equality then don't put anything in front of American. (..) American detracts from being an American.

    The second biggest government intrusion is the Income Tax Form and many other government forms asking information about us. This even includes asking our gender. If you want equality then don't separate people by gender.

    My point is that it is the government that is provoking the people by pigeon holing them into categories.

    To answer the question simply, the answer is NO.

    1. ptosis profile image76
      ptosisposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      I believe that taxpayers are funding consumer demographics for which companies use for free to push more consumerism.  I.E. Menthol cigarettes, Malt Liquor, and Blacks. It's for Marketing  purposes.

    2. bradmasterOCcal profile image32
      bradmasterOCcalposted 14 months agoin reply to this


      I would agree, and the government certainly has the data.
      We are today a service industry, we make little but we sell a lot. Data mining and other marketing techniques are running rampant. Just look at the detail data from Costco.


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