Then those who look "white" but are black probably don't announce that fact and can even check the "white" box for race, if there is such a box. And it's a really good thing because if that person has to take their “blackness”—including long blonde hair, slim figure, and educated manner (talking white), fair skin, and blue eyes—anywhere else but to the “hood,” they may make it as black, but will probably get the loan or the job they desire. I know from familial experience that blacks who look white cannot pass for black, but can make and marry into whiteness. These multiracial people cannot make other blacks welcome them as part of the tribe. There is wisdom of the crowd.
Even anthropologists, it seems to me, have backtracked on the issue of “race,” with this advice to the federal government:
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) recommends the elimination of the term "race" from OMB Directive 15 during the planning for the 2010 US Census. During the past 50 years, "race" has been scientifically proven to not be a real, natural phenomenon. More specific, social categories such as "ethnicity" or "ethnic group" are more salient for scientific purposes and have fewer of the negative, racist connotations for which the concept of race was developed.
As a student of anthropology I respectfully disagree. Their statement sounds more like pandering to the knee-jerk liberal PC crowd than to what centuries and tomes of anthropological studies have written to the contrary. If the government took this advice, which by the look of the 2010 census, it did, the effect is to contract race and ethnicity and to marginalize blacks—again. The Federal footprint also made its way into recent surveys given to public school students in Texas (maybe other states as well) which allowed for only ONE ethnic group—Hispanic, and five races: white (this definition of white, not the skinhead one), black, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American. An informant’s ability to mix and match was limited in order to reduce the impact of race and to elevate the significance of ethnicity—for some.
Let’s consider a recent racial example. Throughout the public schools last year the staff and parents of all students were asked to fill out federal forms about their racial identification. If they were Mexican they were “white” regardless of skin hue. Latino or Hispanic was set aside as an ethnic designation only, not as a race. This angered many Mexican students because they wanted to continue to use “Hispanic” as a racial class. It angered whites, on the form and the census, because it appeared that now only ONE ethnic group was the glue for all others. Mexican parents did not want to check the “white” box. There have been litigation and precedents set over the racial classification and treatment of Mexicans living legally in America regarding education and Jim Crow laws.