Date: Thu, 3 Nov 1994 16:54:59 PST From: "CAVEMAN -- San Bernardino, Calif. USA" Subject: Re: who is african american Hi, Chuck Coker here. Got the following from Shani N. Walker: > > I know that biologically speaking, there is no such thing as "race." > > Is there a another use of the term "race" other than in bigotry (and > > government)? This is a serious question -- no humor this time. > > > > Chuck Coker > > CJCoker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CSUPomona.Edu > > > > PS: I was accepted into college because of "Native American," I believe. > > I don't know exactly what you are asking for, except to say that I am an > African-American female who does not get offended by being called this, > because I know who I am, regardless of what people call me. Labels that > society puts upon people of the minority races are only temporary...I > don't get too caught up in labels...who knows, the next thing "they" > may call us are African-Black-Negro Americans...who's to say? > Question to you: why do applications have a question regarding your > ethnic background? I know to answer the question is only optional, but > why is it asked in the first place? Do you have a theory? > > Shani N. Walker > Morehead State University > Morehead, Kentucky I don't remember what the original posting was, but I was responding to someone else's posting in the above. That's why it appears not to make a whole lot of sense. I think somebody said they got a job or something, because their skin was the "right color" or something like that. (Do I use too many words beginning with "some"?) As far as name-calling, personally, I don't really care what I'm called; I don't even care if it's polite or not. About the ethnic background question, you see that more often in government and government-related industries (schools are gov't, too, as I am sure we're all painfully aware). I used to own a heavy-truck repair shop in Orange, California. Because I serviced all the Roadway Express trucks in Orange County, and Roadway hauled stuff for the feds, etc., I was indirectly connected to the government. So I had to ask stupid questions like ethnicity and such, so I could report to the government that my business was an Equal Opportunity Employer and I didn't discriminate because of race, sex, religion, ad nauseum. My personal opinion? Can you fix trucks? Yes? You're hired, even though you have purple (or whatever color) skin. When I entered college, at that school there was 0.6% Native American and Alaskan Eskimo ethnicity. (Alaskan Eskimo? What about the others, Canada, Greenland, Siberia, etc.? Maybe they're not minorities.) I looked good on their statistic sheets. But what the (insert favorite word here), I got into college. Other people might have other opinions and facts (I'm sure they do). Maybe some of them will respond. Comments and Flames Always Welcome, Chuck Coker CJCoker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CSUPomona.Edu P.S. I do computer work now. Had to get out of the truck-repair business because there was getting to be too much government stuff; I couldn't take it anymore. Ask your mechanic next time how come he has to charge you so much money. =============================================================================== There have been no dragons in my life, only small spiders and stepping in gum. I could have coped with the dragons. Anonymous (but wise) ===============================================================================