Why Are We so Concerned with Ethnicity/Race?

As Kamala Harris has entered the presidential race (good for her!), I’ve been wondering about the urge to tag her as an African-American candidate when that is only half of her ancestry. Some media reports also include her Indian heritage, writing “The First Indian-American” (a bit confusing with our Native Americans) or “The First South Asian-American” candidate. To stick all of these monikers together is a mouthful and perhaps might provide a sound reason to skip all this tagging. When Obama was running as the “first black” candidate, I never understood what happened to his white half and why one should be emphasized over the other?  My solution is simple. Stop pigeon-holing people by race, sexual orientation, age, gender, etc. and let people run on their record, ideas, policies, and plans. Aren’t we sort of post-labeling?


About Laury A. Egan

The author of "The Outcast Oracle" (A Kirkus Reviews "Best Book of 2013"); "Fog and Other Stories;'" a psychological suspense novel, "Jenny Kidd;" "Fabulous! An Opera Buffa;" and "Wave in D Minor" (2019). Poetry: two full-length collections: "Snow, Shadows, a Stranger" and "Beneath the Lion's Paw;" and two chapbooks, "The Sea & Beyond" and "Presence & Absence," all issued in limited editions. For many years, she worked as a senior designer and administrator for Princeton University Press and later as a freelancer for 20 publishers.
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