While filling out paperwork to get flu shots, a lot of deep questions pierced my soul.
The form had me list my race. This has always been an internal struggle, especially when it says "Choose one." To choose one would be to deny the other, and that just never felt right. In the end, though, I marked the box next to the race "Asian" as i always end up doing.
Then, the form had an ethnic group category. It said:
Hispanic: Yes _ No _
Wondering why they listed ten different races but only one ethnic group, I went ahead and marked "No."
Then I was faced with the task of filling out forms for my children who cross the color spectrum. Some of my children are OBVIOUSLY not Caucasian, and to say they are Caucasian might cause them to have identity issues. The other children have such strong (and recessive) Caucasian features that to call them Asian would be laughable. So, what do I do? Mark the dark ones Asian and the light ones Caucasian? Just pick one for all of them and hope for the best? Go for the minority because they are more likely to get scholarships?
Instead, because I was not yet willing to commit to one race or the other, I answered the form as truthfully as I could.
My children are of the Other race, but they are not ethnically Hispanic.
Take that, county health department. Try making statistics out of us now.