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These things absolutely infuriated me.
Leaving aside, for a moment, that the word "Race" is meaningless when applied to Homo Sapiens; consider these facts.
1. I am third generation red-neck Texan
2. My wife was born in Mexico
3. Her Grandmother was full-blood Incan (or the descendants, thereof)
4. Her Grandfather was a blond, blue-eyed Spaniard.
5. Both my Maternal Grandmother and Paternal Grandfather were born in "Indian Territory" so odds are better than even there's some "Native American" in there somewhere.
So what "Race" does this make my kids? Does one drop of "Hispanic" blood make them Hispanic like one drop of African blood used to make someone "Black"?
And this line just frosts my cookies. "If you decline to provide this information, please be aware that the USDE requires school districts to use observer identification as a last resort for collecting the data for federal reporting."
So why even bother to ask if you'll just make something up? So my lighter skinned kids get to be "White" while the darker ones get to be "Hispanic"? And just who, pray tell, is observing the observers?