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Monday, July 20, 2009

Good to know

This email I received just cracked me up a little bit:

Starting in 2010, the US Department of Education will be requiring significant changes in the way educational institutions collect and report race/ethnicity data. Accordingly, on July 19, 2009, LSAC changed the race/ethnicity designation in your LSAC account.


Your previously reported ethnicity, Caucasian/White, has been changed to the subcategory Other Caucasian/White under the category Caucasian/White. Please log in to your LSAC account to view/update your race/ethnicity designation. Additional categories have been added, and you may select multiple categories.

Apparently my new subcategory of whiteness is "other". Glad we cleared that up. Now if only "practically transparent with a few freckles" were a subcategory.


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11 comments:

FrankandMary said...

My ex's daughter filled something out: Pale, freckled Irish Princess.
I'm sure they were not amused.

Miss Pants said...

Hey! I'm that same practically transparent subcategory!

miss. chief said...

ehh why do you need to report your race/ethnicity?

Dena said...

Oh, I'm confused. What exactly is Other Caucasian/White?

Sra said...

Miss chief: so that people can be rewarded for not being white.

Dena: all I know is that when I look in the mirror, I'm looking at the other white/Caucasian meat.

Ben Sloan said...

At least they're somewhat admitting to the breathtakingly simplistic idiocy of classifying race. Hopefully they'll keep going until they have 50,000 categories spanning the spectrums of skin color, hair type, facial shape, and body size, at which point they'll give up the idea altogether.

Erin said...

Seriously just choked on my PBR. Or I choked on my "other," in bureaucratic terms.

Erin said...

Seriously just choked on my PBR. Or I choked on my "other," in bureaucratic terms.

Ben Sloan said...

At least they're somewhat admitting to the breathtakingly simplistic idiocy of classifying race. Hopefully they'll keep going until they have 50,000 categories spanning the spectrums of skin color, hair type, facial shape, and body size, at which point they'll give up the idea altogether.

miss. chief said...

ehh why do you need to report your race/ethnicity?

FrankandMary said...

My ex's daughter filled something out: Pale, freckled Irish Princess.
I'm sure they were not amused.

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