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My sons are half Danish/half Chinese, an unusual combination in 1980 when the first one was born. I thought for a long time about whether or not to have "multi-ethnic" children because I worried about how they would be treated in life. I struggled with filling out forms for years, as did they, so if we HAVE to put up with identifying ourselves by ethnicity, this is the way to go. However, I think the whole idea of checking a box to describe who you are (and determining how federal funds are distributed) is ridiculous. As a teacher, I thought it was crazy to have the federal government require us to count our students on one particular day each school year to identify how many of each ethnicity we had in our classrooms. I had to refer to the registration cards parents had filed to determine how each student fit the profile because most kids had no idea of their ethnicity--and I couldn't tell by looking at them. I look forward to the day when race doesn't matter AT ALL. Talking about it just divides us as human beings and makes our differences appear to be greater than they are.
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