But just when demoralization starts to set in and I begin to accept the fact that we will never be able to get beyond discussions of race, I read this in Collegiate Times, the Virginia Tech student nespaper:
Recent college applicants decline to give raceThe article provides "expert" opinions as to the reason for this trend, all of which are valid. To me, though, the trend indicates a reflection of the ethnic makeup of America, which is rapidly becoming homogenized (we once called it inbreeding) as white folks marry black folks and latinos marry Native Americans, etc.
David Grant, News Editor, Sarah Larkins, News Assistant
Trend towards more "other" respondents happening across nation
A fifth of the largest application class in Tech history of almost 19,000 applicants listed its race as “other.”
This “other” grouping consists mostly of those who would typically fall under the “White” category as well as mixed-race students with Caucasian parentage, according to two Tech administrators and a study published by the Irvine Foundation, a California-based non-profit that focuses on education issues for low-income citizens. (link)
Also, there are people - and you can now include me in this category - who consider it none of the government's business (or Virginia Tech's either) how one's family tree is configured.
So include me in the "other" racial category henceforth. I encourage everyone to do the same. We are going to end this lunacy once and for all.