Wednesday, 11 June 2008


In response to Matthew Yglesias (and presumably in anticipation of Mark Kleiman), Amber Taylor considers the question of just how she’s supposed to classify her ethnicity. As someone who can claim descent from immigrants from at least England, Spain, Norway, and the Netherlands, and quite possibly other parts of Europe too, I sometimes wonder about the same thing; on the other hand, given that I have no real allegiance to any of those particular ethnic groups (all of which constitute The Man to at least some extent), I suppose the residual category “American” works about as well for me as any other, more complex label like “random European.”

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When I think of ethnicity, I think “Caucasian.” (although I prefer “Cracker” :) )

I am told that I am of Danish, German, and Native American (Cherokee) extraction….but I was raised a lower middle-class white boy in the South. My family never cared about “what we were,” and as a result I have no attachments.

When people ask me what I “am,” I usually answer “Southern.”

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