Re: Identifying Race

Chuck Coker (cjcoker@CRIS.COM)
Wed, 31 Jul 1996 07:57:47 -0700

J Cook wrote:

> > Looking at her ancestry, I see (using stereotypical labels) Cherokee, Apache,
> > Zapotec, Mexican, Black, and White. Now which box should be checked? (I ruled
> > out Asian, BTW.)[snip]

> You shouldn't have "ruled out Asian". The so-called "Native americans" came
> over from Asia sometime before 12,000 years ago. And that includes all the
> "stereotypical labels" you listed except "Black and White". They, of course,
> came over some time later.

Good point! I didn't think of that at the time. Maybe I should have given
the school office personnel (an unwanted) lecture on migration patterns. :-)

Of course, if we go back far enough, we must all be African, right?