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THE AND FACTOR University Of Pittsburgh

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I am biracial. My mother is white and my father is African American but according to the University of Pittsburgh I am “primarily” African American. How does the university without having asked me how I identify, identify me as “primarily” African American? How do they determine what any multiracial person is “primarily”? But more importantly why does the University of Pittsburgh and not myself decide what I “primarily” identify as? This information cannot be changed without a university administrator. All my life people have decided what I should be able to identify as based off of the color of my skin, and once again I am left with no choice. I am African American AND White yet I am limited to one or the other. Life should be all about "and's". I am both and I am not ashamed to be either one. Pitt’s categorization of me reverts back to the categorization of multiracial people during the time of slavery. If this information is being used for university statistics, then it is painting an inaccurate portrait of the student body. Pitt’s use of the “Primary” box in the ethnicity tab is implicitly racist and should be removed entirely from University of Pittsburgh’s system.

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