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British vs White?


Whilst completing a survey for the Transportation for London website, I was asked my ethnicity, which is normally an easy one to answer. However, this time I did a double-take, as the first four options were all variations of 'white' (caucasian). Can someone please define the differences here?

Obviously, if you were born in Ireland or have 'Irish blood' you're probably "Irish"; whereas if you were born in Britain or have 'British blood', you probably consider yourself "British" -- but couldn't you logicically be black-skinned, born in Britain and reside in Britain and consider yourself British? I scratch my head over these choices, of which you can ONLY pick one.

In other news, I go to the Long Island Raven's Run in Ronkonkoma, NY this weekend! Next weekend I'll be in Deerfield, New Hampshire visiting Dave and Mark.

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danbearnyc
Mar. 19th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Things have advanced. The applications to join the military listed five races: English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Other.

I kid you not.
mc4bbs
Mar. 20th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)

Damn!

danbearnyc
Mar. 20th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
And we're talking maybe 20-25 years ago?
mathan
Mar. 19th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
You know, of the first four literally 3 apply to me. I'm white, I'm a British Citizen, and I'm also Canadian.

For someone who is Chinese - I mean, you have two choices and one of them sounds very very close to being almost xenophobic.
mc4bbs
Mar. 20th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)

Yeah...

Perhaps it's time for some PCing of this survey?

nipper_dawg
Mar. 20th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
No choice for Canadian?
mc4bbs
Mar. 20th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)

"any other ethnic group"?

It's sooooo strange.

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