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It has “Pacific Islanders” and “Asian Pacific Islanders” designations that even apply to people born in the United States. It has no “Atlantic Islanders,” which would be appropriate for those descended from the British Isles, Bermuda, Iceland or Cape Verde Islands. On a census form this writer once put “Atlantic Islander” for ethnicity and “human” for race. His reward was an angry telephone call from a federal bureaucrat.
Politically correct is not geographically correct. “Iberian” would make more sense than “Latino,” which fails to include Americans of Italian descent (the plain of Latium, from which “Latin” derives, is in Italy). Worse, “Latino” supposedly contrasts with “whites,” as though Marco Rubio was Wesley Snipes.
“People of Color,” implies that there are people of no color. “Hispanic” is a linguistic term, and as Richard Rodriguez notes, there are white Hispanics, mixed-race Hispanics, and black Hispanics. “Anglo,” has linguistic application but is ridiculous as an ethnic category for people named O’Hoolahan, Krzyzewski or Lafontaine.
Political correctness isn’t about accuracy or fairness. Rather it is about codifying an oppressor class and a victim class, another reason the entire system should be scrapped. That will be a tough task but it has to start somewhere. Americans should marshal common sense and dump “Caucasian” as an ethnic classification, except of course for people from the actual Caucuses region.
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