I hate this sort of stuff. Institutionalized Racism is pretty much standard issue with our Governments.
The ATF Form 4473 is a shining example of this. Check boxes for RACE. These always piss me off… because Celtic isn’t a choice. I guess all us White Guys look alike to them, eh?
It’s not just the Feds because the State of Utah has this as well when we are doing the Web Check after a customer fills out the 4473. But Utah doesn’t have “Latino/Hispanic” as a choice, so we were told we put those guys in as “White”.
Well, now the 4473 has a question with two check boxes separate from the other Ethnic question. “Are you Latino/Hispanic or not?” This is question 10A I think? Well you look in the other pages where it explains the questions, every question is there save for those. Guess you are on your own. Well I have Black and Indian in my Ancestry. None of their skin shading, but the blood is there… So from now on, I am checking all those boxes… Because you can now. Instead of having to pick just one, you can check all that apply. Game on.
I don’t like this new version of the form and I think those questions should go away altogether. They should also be removed from every government database, form, questionnaire, and census. We have a Black President. We can put Racism behind us now. How about just one simple Yes or No question?
“Are you AMERICAN?”
That’s all we need to know. Race doesn’t matter. Color doesn’t matter. What country your family came from a dozen generations ago… That doesn’t matter. You can keep your Culture, you can keep Tradition. But in the Great Melting Pot… Your AMERICAN and that’s it.