Blank space or pick a race?

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    B.F.
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    When my daughter is born, I don’t know if I should just leave the race as blank, or what. She’s a lot of different races, but the largest part is white. But I still don’t want to leave her other races out. What would you do?

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    Name : B.F., Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Christian, Age : 17, City : Seattle, State : WA Country : United States, Occupation : student, Social class : Middle class, 
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    beth23176
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    I would probably put other. OR else try checking them all, although they probably would not allow it – (check ONE). Congratulations on your new arrival coming!

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    Name : beth23176, City : anchorage, State : AK Country : United States, 
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    reb
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    if there is any black blood like one parent is black then you would have to put black in the space.

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    Name : reb, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Methodist, Age : 51, City : cola, State : SC Country : United States, Occupation : sales, Education level : Technical School, 
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    Pete S.
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    B.F., your questions seems to go to the root of the very thing we have to compete with here in the ‘good ole U.S. of A.’ And that is that we are so caught up in race that everything revolves around whose race is which. Here’s a thought for you – if you want to take a step forward toward ending racisim, call her what she is, an American. Let the ignorant whackos worried about her ‘race’ or ethnic origins lie awake worrying. Don’t saddle your innocent daughter with racist nonsense when all she has to do is be herself. Her race is not important unless you make it important. If we focus less on being hyphenated Americans and focus more on being ourselves, we can end racism. Join me in staking the step. We all come from different races, I have a bunch in my family tree as well, but when someone asks me, I’m just an American. Let your daughter be one, too.

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    Name : Pete S., Gender : M, Age : 51, City : Orlando, State : FL Country : United States, Education level : 4 Years of College, 
    #46101

    Eileen25282
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    If it’s a blank line, I would write ‘Multi-racial.’ If it’s a category you choose from, like on this forum, I would pick ‘Other.’ If asked to explain further, you can then go ahead and list all of your baby’s races.

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    Name : Eileen25282, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Agnostic, Age : 29, City : New Orleans, State : LA Country : United States, Occupation : Writer/editor, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Upper middle class, 
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    Lena22854
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    I would simply write (or say) ‘multi-ethnic,’ or, if it’s a series of boxes that you check off, pick ‘other.’ If asked to explain, you can then elaborate on your daughter’s racial heritage. I think it’s commendable that you are so considerate of this issue, because it is going to be important for her to be proud of her background.

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    Name : Lena22854, Gender : F, City : New Orleans, State : LA Country : United States, 
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