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Wednesday, 30 September 2009
'Taint Nobody's Business


The first part of a form, sent to faculty and students and alumni by University Y, and forwarded to me by an indignant friend X at that university, one who has no intention of complying with the request:

Welcome X

In order for University Y to be in compliance with 
the new federal mandate on collecting 
and reporting race and ethnicity data, it is important 
that we have accurate information 
on our employees. Below are the questions with the 
ethnic and racial categories 
presented in the new 2-question format, with the 
federal definitions. For each 
question, please select the categories that best 
describe your race/ethnicity 
and how you self-identify. Additionally, we are 
requesting that you please complete 
the supplemental gender and veteran status questions. 
Your responses will be kept 
confidential and reported in aggregated form only. 
Completion of this form is 
voluntary, but your participation will help Y 
remain in compliance with 
the new requirements.
Please review each question below and select the 
categories that best describe
A. Ethnicity (please check if applicable)     
Hispanic or Latino
A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Central 
or South American, or other 
Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race 
(note: does not include persons 
of Brazilian or Portuguese culture or origin).
B. Race (please check one or more races)      
American Indian or Alaska Native
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of 
North and South America 
(including Central America), and who maintains tribal 
affiliation or community 
A person having origins in any of the original peoples 
of the Far East, Southeast 
Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, 
Cambodia, China, India, 
Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, 
Thailand, and Vietnam.
Black or African American
A person having origins in any of the black 
racial groups of Africa.
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
A person having origins in any of the original peoples 
of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, 
or other Pacific Islands.
A person having origins in any of the original peoples 
of Europe, the Middle East, 
or North Africa.
 C. Gender      
Female Male
Posted on 09/30/2009 3:12 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
30 Sep 2009

As proven by this email, these EEOC racial profilings are entirely, 100%, self-reported.

It is quite simple to defeat them.  If everyone agrees to put down that they are African American, or Asian, or Hispanic, then the profile loses all power to discriminate based on race.  Even if person X is the only person to do it, HR would be powerless to refute him/her, if s/he simply "feels" African American,  Asian, or Hispanic.

Any attempt by the University to look into person X's lineage to "prove" which race s/he belonged to would be an invasion of person X's privacy, and an illegal act of discrimination against a self-identified African American (or Asian or Hispanic).

The only legal danger would be in giving different answers at different times.  Though, one could gain additional information about one's genealogical background, or could just learn to get in touch with the darker-skinned person that resides inside each of our souls.  As long as one is consistent, I double-dog-dare the university to "prove" anyone's "race".

30 Sep 2009
Send an emailMary Jackson

Even if this were not pernicious and pointless - why the hell does it matter what someone's ethnicity is? - it would be stupid. Why are Spanish and Portuguese two separate categories, while "Europeans" (whatever that is) are lumped in with Arabs? These diversity mongers can't even get their own rubbish right in their own rubbishy terms.

And whatever happened to "content of character"? It was a black man who said that was important, so it must be true.