Jorge RM Olson Reading Response

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Jorge Ruz-Mora Jill Bergkamp ENC 1102-009 16 March 2010 Response Assignment –Paper #3 The U.S. Census Bureau uses five categories for racial identity: White, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Some Other Race. Also, people filling out the U.S. census forms can check off more than one race. Checking more than one race coincides with James Olson’s argument. The author expresses in his essay that because of all the intermarriage between individuals of different races in Hawaii the inhabitants of that island will have a hard time identifying themselves as someone of pure race. Olson says that people should choose to be the race that they identify with, not the
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Unformatted text preview: race that it says on some genetic test. Some individuals will identify themselves with more than one race, which is perfectly fine. The author argues that it is very difficult to determine the exact race of a person by doing a genetic test. The U.S. Census Bureau allows citizens to choose the race that they want to be, even if they want to belong to more than one race. James Olson agrees with this because he says that a person is the one that should be able to choose what race or races they want to be part of, not because of genetics, but because they feel like they belong in that group....
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