Forced by the school to choose a race for my child

Forced by the school to choose a race for my child


I recently realized that although I consistently identify my child as biracial the school has been changing my child's race to black. I was told this was done because the electronic registration system used by school officials to report to the state department of education has no option to enter multiple races.

Here is the kicker, on the paper form of registration given to parents, you can enter multiple races. My request was that the electronic system be amended to reflect what is asked on the form. I can't get anyone to acknowledge my concern as my son is half black so they feel I shouldn't have a problem.

My view is that my child is of two races and to force us in any arena to chose is asking him to deny a part of himself. I live in a small rural area in Arkansas and I don't know who to turn to for help. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Oct 14, 2013
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keep it simple not stupid
by: Anonymous

i see your child is already going to have issues with identity. you are going to drive this kid nuts because the kid is biracial. the school don't have anything to do with you and raising your child to know who he is. are you afraid someone make think your child is black and treat him differently? check other on the block as stated above if you have to check something. Check white if you want too. it seems as though because they chose for you you and chose "black" you are upset. your child problem looks more black than white. what is the problem with that. you said yourself he is both. you are the one that's going to make your child have identity problems. not the school collecting information. i fill stuff out like that all the time. i can check anything. i say this with being african american/white. whatever you look like is what you need to go by. this way you don't have to keep explaining yourself, if being biracial is getting too much for you. you are the one raising your kids. teach them what you want them to know about being biracial. that form means nothing. it's all about how you feel about yourself.

Mar 05, 2010
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Race Specification on School Forms
by: Anonymous

I am a teacher in a diverse school district in Texas. We have many students who are biracial. One thing that I see many parents doing is checking the box for other then making the race specification on school forms.

If I were in your shoes, I would first off make sure you have made your request to the school in writing, then from there to the school district. At that point, go sit at a school board meeting. Shake things up by bringing up the issue, and calling is racism... In a way it is.


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