There used to be only four

Manuel J Bascuas
Miami, FL

In school, many years ago, I was taught that they were four: white, black, yellow and red.
According to some government forms, now we have Spanish, Latinos, Asians, etc.
They confused country of origin and/or cultural background with race.
Under our skins we are all the same.

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4 Responses to "There used to be only four"
  1. anonymous says:

    When I was in school, fifth grade, there was caucasian, africoid, or mongoloid. I remember taking a test and the teacher said everyone should have marked caucasian except for one person. That one person was me, I was supposed to mark mongoloid. I still remember this almost 30 years later.

    I’m still not sure how to feel about it. I’m a mutt, raised in predominantly white, working class, Christian community. I was never aware of being treated differently or perceived differently, until I went to work in the city when so many made assumptions based on how I look. I’ve been spoken to in languages that are not mine. Spanish speaking people become angry when I answer in English until they learn I’m not Latina. I’ve been told I’m Chinese, I’m rich because I look white, I’m Korean, etc.

    It’s a shame people are so quick to judge others before even saying hello.

  2. Randy1x says:

    Actually there were 3 (Negroid, Caucasoid, Mongoloid)

  3. Randy1x says:

    People don’t know the difference nowadays between, ethnicity, nationality and race. They just say whatever they have been conditioned to think by those that were limited in their thinking. 

  4. Rob Robinson says:

    When I am asked race I usually reply “Human”; the truth, of course, is that race is a designation created to keep us apart, not remind us of how we are one.  The genetic command that creates skin pimentation coloring is the same for eye color; silly, isn’t it?  What if we lumped people together by eye color?  Whole families would be separated. 

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