FOWC with Fandango — Ethnicity

FOWCWelcome to January 25, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “ethnicity.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

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And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

23 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango — Ethnicity

  1. Marleen January 25, 2020 / 2:07 pm

    I’ve had different perceptions of my ethnicities at different points in my life. As a child, I, of course, was not very informed. But I was observant. I noticed what my grandparents said and how they spoke, and what my parents relayed of what they’d experienced and been told. My very first pieces of information were that I was English (finally deciphered to be English and Scottish) on one side and German on the other; the German aspect turned out to concern the way my paternal grandparents communicated with each other. Not too long after, came filtered to me the notion of having an American “Indian” in my family tree. (I can’t say that “loudly” with much of a degree of comfort… both due to my own thinking process and to what has transpired in the political world relatively recently.) Later, I got wind of the nondescript facts that while my dad’s parents spoke German they were not from Germany. Trickling in was the knowledge my grandfather’s family came from Czechoslovakia (the western part, or Bohemia), and that my grandmother came from somewhere (I’d say the general impression was that she came from someplace that seemed slightly more exotic than Germany). Was it Austria? Was it Hungary? (As it turns out, neither.) Additionally, my dad passed to me the story of when he had decided to take German in high school because he thought his mother would help him in his studies and the grasping of the language. When she looked at the words inside his book, she told him it wasn’t German. Certainly, that was an incorrect assessment of the textbook… but it made clear that she could not be of help in the matter. Turned out she was born in Romania — I have her birth certificate. But she didn’t speak Romanian; nor did my grandfather speak anything Czech or Slavic. Anyway, I put the four countries [plus, I’m not sure, I may have included Native American] in my information for whatever the other word [something similar to but other than ethnicity] was for these things in the 2000 census. But, for ethnicity, I said “American.”

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    • Marleen January 25, 2020 / 4:22 pm

      Incidentally, I said the same thing for my five children — American. Meanwhile, I definitely included Native American for each of them… under the other term (heritage or something); their dad belongs to two [and has ancestry in at least another of the native] tribes (although he made it formal, after my years of prompting him, more recently). I’m not sure how often he or his dad claimed they were American Indian in their endeavors in life. I’m pretty sure his mother claimed it all the time… while she was very white (but already a member of a tribe).

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      • Marleen January 25, 2020 / 4:51 pm

        [Oh; that would be included in their race, too. It wasn’t long before then that one could be categorized as more than one race officially. I’m thinking, now that I’ve pondered, 2000 might’ve been when I decided to stop saying I had American Indian heritage — as I couldn’t name the tribe, no-one knew.]

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    • Marleen January 26, 2020 / 3:22 pm

      After the season for completing — and the processing of — that census was fulfilled, a few commercials began airing with people of all sorts saying, “I am an American.” I found this striking (and tear-jerking). The ethnicity question had not had suggestions, nor boxes to check. And the suggestions for “ancestry” — what the other word might have been — were like German, Chinese… not listing American. I wondered if a lot of people had come to the same conclusion about themselves in their own word(s), as I had, and filled it out that way. As I understand it, that (2000) was the last year there was a set of a long-form version for the census questionnaire.

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      • Marleen January 26, 2020 / 4:46 pm

        By the way, Republicans were fanatically imploring everyone to note they only had to answer for the number of people present at an address to comply… that is, leading up to the census of 2000. While I perceive it to be so that one only has to answer the one question, I don’t know what their ulterior motive was; this (suspicion of them) is how I see it now that I have rejected that party. This is another area where they’re exhibiting hypocrisy.

        Here is some information from the article to which I linked:
        But while it’s true that U.S. census forms routinely requested citizenship information in the past (consistently so from 1890 through 1950, the Census Bureau said), …

        … it occurs every 10 years. There was a census in 1960, and one in 1970, for example, but there wasn’t one in 1965 …

        … and [it’s] just plain false to claim that President Barack Obama removed it[ when… a]s noted above, the citizenship question was standard on census forms through 1950; then, for unexplained reasons, it was omitted in 1960 for everyone except residents of New York City and Puerto Rico.

        Go to the link to read more.

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