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Old 06-27-2010, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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My German accent makes some people think that I am Russian and my husband ordered me on a catalog

I do not like when I meet American's and they say, they are German, too and then I find out, that they don't speak a word German, have never been there. If you and your parents are born here, you are not German!!! And especially not when it was more than 100 years ago!!
Where I come from in Missouri, a great deal of people still speak German, albeit a form of German that has not been spoken in Germany for 150 years.
Always amusing to watch German tourists struggle to understand the language of their great-great-great grandparents.
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:27 AM
 
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According to the 2006-2008 American Community Survey Estimates, 75.8% of Puerto Ricans identified themselves as White. Then again, a lot of Puerto Ricans of European descent have African and/or Amerindian ancestors.
The American Community Survey sucks. When the lady called me and asked me what my race was, I told her I was Hispanic. She said that wasn't a race, so I said Mexican-American. She said that wasn't an option. So I said , "Well what are the options?" She said "White, Black or negro, American Indian or Alaskan, Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian, Samoan, or other Pacific Islander. I told her, "I'm light brown. Isn't there an option for that? She said No. So I had to tell her white, since i'm not black, not any of the other races they were telling me.
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Old 06-28-2010, 04:02 AM
 
Location: Burnsville, Minnesota
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The American Community Survey sucks. When the lady called me and asked me what my race was, I told her I was Hispanic. She said that wasn't a race, so I said Mexican-American. She said that wasn't an option. So I said , "Well what are the options?" She said "White, Black or negro, American Indian or Alaskan, Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian, Samoan, or other Pacific Islander. I told her, "I'm light brown. Isn't there an option for that? She said No. So I had to tell her white, since i'm not black, not any of the other races they were telling me.
Well, Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race. Here is some more information.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:25 PM
 
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Well, Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race. Here is some more information.
Well, yes, my point is however, that white was the only option. There should be a lighter shade of brown option. Lol.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:33 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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My German accent makes some people think that I am Russian and my husband ordered me on a catalog

I do not like when I meet American's and they say, they are German, too and then I find out, that they don't speak a word German, have never been there. If you and your parents are born here, you are not German!!! And especially not when it was more than 100 years ago!!
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They're German American.
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Thats right, and doggone proud of it!
German-American is its own unique cultural identity!
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:34 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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The American Community Survey sucks. When the lady called me and asked me what my race was, I told her I was Hispanic. She said that wasn't a race, so I said Mexican-American. She said that wasn't an option. So I said , "Well what are the options?" She said "White, Black or negro, American Indian or Alaskan, Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian, Samoan, or other Pacific Islander. I told her, "I'm light brown. Isn't there an option for that? She said No. So I had to tell her white, since i'm not black, not any of the other races they were telling me.
Is this something to do with the census?

If so, they don't have a good option for Hispanics. Most are racially native American.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:44 PM
 
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Is this something to do with the census?

If so, they don't have a good option for Hispanics. Most are racially native American.
Yeah, its an extended form of the census. It didn't matter that I filled out the regular census and sent it in, they still wanted me to fill out the other survey too ( the one mentioned). They really don't have good options for Hispanics.
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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Yeah, its an extended form of the census. It didn't matter that I filled out the regular census and sent it in, they still wanted me to fill out the other survey too ( the one mentioned). They really don't have good options for Hispanics.

Hispanics have the same options as everyone else. You could literally check all of them if you believe you fit.

I worked for the Census and had Filipinos who checked Latino/Hispanic for ethnicity and Asian for race.

I had a Puerto Rican/Dominican family who checked Hispanic for ethnicity. For Hispanic ethnicity, father was Dominican, so he wrote in Dominican. Mom was Puerto Rican, so she checked Puerto Rican. Both parents and their children checked black, white and Native American for race.

I know a Guyanese woman who checked black, white and Asian Indian for race, and she did the same for her children.

I'm Afro-Cuban. I checked Hispanic for ethnicity and black for race (though I could have chosen to add white, Native American and Asian too).

Not that hard.
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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Is this something to do with the census?

If so, they don't have a good option for Hispanics. Most are racially native American.

In Central America and parts of South America, this is pretty much true. Either Native or mestizo (Native-white). But in the Caribbean and other parts of South America, the African is as important as the European and the Native, and in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, the European predominates.
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: state of procrastination
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I have been mistaken for South American when I was really tan, but I'm just AZN. When I got an afro perm (thanks, mom) people thought I was African mix.
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