Can you check both ??

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nina09
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Can you check both ??

Postby nina09 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:44 am

I'm Puerto Rican , I don't want to sound ignorant but I was wondering if I can mark Black/African American for race too.

Both side of the family are interracial for example in my mothers side my grandmother had black mother and a white father and my grandfather has a black father and white mother.

My father side of the family is pretty similar but I think my grandfather was black.

My concern is that they may think I'm misrepresenting myself if I also mark that box, since there is no box for Afro Caribbean or Black Puerto Rican.

I would not be hesitant to mark the boss if it only said black but since is paired with the ethnicity African american , I don't know if is correct.

My ethnicity is Puerto Rican but my race is black.

cowgirl_bebop
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Re: Can you check both ??

Postby cowgirl_bebop » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:12 am

nina09 wrote:I'm Puerto Rican , I don't want to sound ignorant but I was wondering if I can mark Black/African American for race too.

Both side of the family are interracial for example in my mothers side my grandmother had black mother and a white father and my grandfather has a black father and white mother.

My father side of the family is pretty similar but I think my grandfather was black.

My concern is that they may think I'm misrepresenting myself if I also mark that box, since there is no box for Afro Caribbean or Black Puerto Rican.

I would not be hesitant to mark the boss if it only said black but since is paired with the ethnicity African american , I don't know if is correct.

My ethnicity is Puerto Rican but my race is black.

Go ahead and check both. Its not like the schools demand a family tree when you apply.

My mother is Afro-Honduran and my dad is black, so I checked both Hispanic and Black on all of my apps, because that is that I consider myself. Just do whatever you feel comfortable with

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fatduck
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Re: Can you check both ??

Postby fatduck » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:38 am

I would mark both black/PR or use an "other" box if that's an option and write a diversity statement that should make your ethnicity/race much clearer.

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Ratchet Jackson
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Re: Can you check both ??

Postby Ratchet Jackson » Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:48 pm

nina09 wrote:I'm Puerto Rican , I don't want to sound ignorant but I was wondering if I can mark Black/African American for race too.

Both side of the family are interracial for example in my mothers side my grandmother had black mother and a white father and my grandfather has a black father and white mother.

My father side of the family is pretty similar but I think my grandfather was black.

My concern is that they may think I'm misrepresenting myself if I also mark that box, since there is no box for Afro Caribbean or Black Puerto Rican.

I would not be hesitant to mark the boss if it only said black but since is paired with the ethnicity African american , I don't know if is correct.

My ethnicity is Puerto Rican but my race is black.


All depends on what you personally identify with. If you identify with being Black, mark it. if not, I wouldn't.




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