Doctor asked, “What is your race?”

beau_kiss_momALeslie Lannan,
Cincinnati, OH.

It’s amazing how desperate we are in America to racially categorize our citizens based on how they look. My six words are a reference to a recent doctor’s visit. After discussing my ailments and general health, the doctor had one more question for me. “What is your race?” she asked. I was totally nonplussed; I do not (at least I think) look ambiguous in terms of race – I’m clearly African-American. I asked her if she was curious about my ethnic background, and she said yes. I was able to give her all of the details, since I’ve had DNA testing done for genealogy purposes, but to this day I cannot say what made her ask this question.


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