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Old 04-09-2009, 11:11 AM
 
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I am filling out my application form for college here in Bossier and I came across the ethnic origin part. Normally I decline to share this but I found that there was not an option to decline it. Furthermore, and disturbingly, there was not a category for 'other' or 'mixed'. This REALLY annoyed me. Is this common in Louisiana? Are people who are a mix of more than one race forced to choose one or the other? When I have children I want them to grow up to be proud of being both black and white - but how can they here if they are forced to choose one or the other?
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Chicago--Bucktown
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Just leave it blank. You are not required to disclose that information.
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Leave it blank - that's poor judgment on the question maker's part. You should ALWAYS have an "other" box for those, and I can't recall ever not seeing one.

Don't be too offended, though. I'd assume that question is just to help them have an idea of the school's demographics. If I were running a college and the racial makeup wasn't representative of the surrounding area, I'd want to know so as to better reach out to those communities under-represented.
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:47 PM
 
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I'm half mexican half white, and it always says two or more races (not hispanic) so that one gets me every time! Which school did you apply to? I think I remember BPCC having no other, I just left it blank
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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Yea! BPCC was the one! Sorry about my little complaint, it just kinda annoyed me! lol!
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Old 04-30-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
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Louisiana has the "one-drop" rule. If you are 1/36th black, you're considered black. Many "blacks" in New Orleans actually look completely caucasian...but because of this rule, they're considered black.
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