Originally Posted by Absinthia
...and what box are middle easterners or south asians supposed to check?
This is the first time posting in this forum. I'm so happy that it's finally here before I have children. I have lots to learn..
As for your question Absinthia
, middle easterners are considered "white" by the USA even if they look obviously African (as in the case of northern Africans, never could wrap my head around that one...). South Asians are considered Asian in the US as well. I know weird. I remember when I was very small and because I had a foreign name (my father is Nigerian and my mother is African American mix-of-a-bunch-of-ethnic-groups) and I had more keen features like my straight nose I was put down as "white" because they thought that I was Egyptian. My mother definitely corrected them and said that I'm Human, but if they wanted to put a designation on me that I shouldn't be considered "white".
I'm so new to this because my DH is white (all Eastern European, Hungarian, Polish, Croatian 4th Generation). I've always felt that as I grew up to identify with both my Yoruba and American roots (that includes the Choctaw GGrandmother was born and raised on the reservation, her father was white), I would expect my children to identify with both as well. I know that society wants to put our children in boxes to make them feel comfortable, but I would be hurt to my core if any of my children chose to deny either me or their father.
I wouldn't check any boxes at all and if I had to fill one in, I'd write HUMAN. I also like the idea of checking both the boxes or checking other.