Friday, March 12, 2010

Our Race: American

"To pursue the concept of racial entitlement--even for the most admirable and benign of purposes--is to reinforce and preserve for future mischief the way of thinking that produced race slavery, race privilege and race hatred. In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American."
— Justice Antonin Scalia, Adarand v. Pena.
Mark Krikorian agrees, and points out that the Census Bureau not only allows the American answer, but counts them too.
In fact, the number of people answering "American" grew from 12.4 million in the 1990 census to 20.2 million in 2000, "the largest numerical growth of any ancestry group," according to Wikipedia.