To: Past Your Eyes
Yes, it is a wretched neologism. At the risk of sounding as if a hopeless provincial, notice there is no equivalent appelation other than lower-case “whites”. European-American, for example.
Hyphenation is always suspect, then.
European-American, for example.
For several reasons, I end up completing quite a few surveys and polls. If there is ever a RACE question, I always answer "Other" and "European-American".
My wife and I went rounds when it came time to register our eldest daughter for school. I wanted either "European-American" or "Native-American" (as she is eligible to be a Daughter of the American Revolution). I didn't see the form that was actually submitted but I imagine there was a fair amount of white-out on that section.
posted on 01/15/2009 9:47:48 AM PST
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