Monday, March 15, 2010

TORRI HUNTER AND THE U.S. CENSUS

Last week, in trying to belabor the point that Major League baseball is not doing enough for African-American players, Torri Hunter made some very ignorant comments about Latin American players (which he has since recanted - sort of.)

"People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they're African American. They're not us. They're impostors.  Even people I know come up and say, 'Hey, what color is Vladimir Guerrero? Is he a black player?' I say, 'Come on, he's Dominican. He's not black.'

"As African-American players, we have a theory that baseball can go get an imitator and pass them off as us. It's like they had to get some kind of dark faces, so they go to the Dominican or Venezuela."
Can we ever truly be a colorblind society or will we forever have to listen to garbage like this?

On another matter, my U.S. Census questionnaire came in today's mail.  There are only seven questions about each person in the household.  Two of them are about race.  Or maybe only one - and one about Hispanic origin.  The form says that, "For this census, Hispanic origins are not races."

The questions are arranged in a column 11 inches tall.  The two questions about Hispanic origin and race make up 5 of those 11 inches.  The question about race has a category "Black, African Am., or Negro."  Really?  Negro? There is not a category for 'impostor.'

Again, if we are a colorblind society, why do we need this question on the census?  What does it matter to anything what a person's race is?  Seriously - it shouldn't matter.  I think the question should be taken off.  I wonder what Torri Hunter would think.

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