I began reading a certain book recently. I haven’t gotten very far because I decided it deserved my full attention and I’ve had a bunch of distractions lately. I have made one decision based on my initial reading.
When asked my race, I am no longer going to answer “white” or “caucasian.” I am no longer going to answer with my ethnic heritage, like German or Irish. I will identify my gender as female, but my sexual orientation is nobody else’s business.
- I am a member of the HUMAN race or OTHER or PREFER NOT ANSWER.
- I am a citizen of the United States or an American from Washington State or a North American.
I ask that you do the same. And, I am going to ask everyone else that I can whenever I can to do it too. So many subtle and blatant assumptions and social connotations attach to the idea of race that I think refusing to identify with them is a great first step.