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I just have to share my frustration with our government's desire to label people. In some ways I can understand it, and I've even used it to my advantage in the past, but my frustration came to a head with the birth of my child. I was in the hospital and still reeling from the shock of an unnecessary c-section when I was accosted to fill out the form for DS's birth certificate. Whenever I have the option to only check one box, I almost ALWAYS select "Other" because I really dislike being forced to choose one part of my heritage over another. Well, after I did that, the woman who took the papers from me came back and told me I couldn't choose other, because "they don't like that." Such BS! Don't put it on the form if it's not really an option. Anyway, I was in such a fragile state I started to cry, and it still upsets me to think about it. How do other biracial mamas handle this? What do you do for your children? I just wish "Biracial" or "check all that apply" was always an option, but it's not and I can't just start crying every time I'm faced with this issue, especially on behalf of DS.
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So, while in the hospital i think we checked off two boxes, one for caucasian and one African/ African Amer. Can't be sure exactly what they read, but its funny because even as a "caucasian", my great grandparents (even grands) would not have considered themselves all one category. My dad's Irish family used to call my mom "the Italian girl" and the Germans and Greeks, totally different, but then there is me- all of the above! And i know a few of those relatives would be rolling over knowing that they were all lumped togther and there was no more definition to their heritage! So, maybe one day things wont be so split up, or is it mashed together?
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