Race? Other!

I was filling out an application the other day andI came across the same issue I find on many applications. It asked for race, the problem is the choices they give. I can be Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Mixed non-Hispanic. My mother is from Guatemala, my Dad is Caucasian, I am mixed Hispanic, why can’t I choose mixed? What do they have against me? A a kid I always was an odd mix. Hanging with my cousins who could get a tan while my mom was covering me in zinc oxide ( Kids before modern sun screen we had a white paste to block the sun) I was wearing a giant sombrero one of my dad’s tee shirts as well, so I would not look like a lobster. pictures of all of us show kids in bathing suites and one well covered white kid. A sesame street song comes to mind when I think of it. “One of these things, is not like the others, one of these things just doesn’t belong”. So when the application says I can be one or the other, I just can’t make up my mind. Especially when I know picking anything but “white guy” could help my cause!

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