In my case, 2 different doctors had forms asking me to identify my race and ethnic origins, and it turned out the Government is collecting this information.
Was that in a government facility, like a Veterans hospital or something? I don't recall being asked detailed information about ethnicity by any doctor, though there was one family practice doctor several years ago, who was filling in for the regular doctor, and he asked quite detailed information about ethnicity, including all sorts of questions about my religion and Orthodoxy. Seems more like it was his personal interest. Or maybe he just typed in: "RELIGIOUS NUTCAKE!" in my file. lol
Finland is a promised land of statistics but if some goverment here tried to gather information about ethnic origin of people it would soon be out of office. Finnish state makes statistics about where people come from instead of ethnicity. Only people here who talk about human races are Neo-Nazis.
Native Americans are the only people required to show actual blood lineage to prove that they are Native to these lands. There is a cut-off point when "blood" becomes so dilute that they can no longer carry paperwork proving they are Native American, and are no longer eligible for special government benefits and so forth. There were treaties between the existing people and the people who came from Europe and settled, some were honored, some not.
No one else is required to do that, so what is the point unless you want special assistance due to minority status, like getting into jobs or competitive education programs because there are quotas to fill. There are also those types of programs for the handicapped too. There is probably a more politically correct term for handicapped now, I just can't think of it at the moment. Other people have other means of getting preferential treatment, like Masons, or secret groups inside unions, Mormons giving preference to people from their church, are just a few I've seen firsthand.
And there have been actual internment of people based on ethnicity in the United States, such as Germans during the World Wars, and Italians and Japanese during WWII. They were rounded up and held in camps because they weren't trusted.
Just as a historical footnote, the man who was assigned by the government to round up Japanese Americans for internment was the same man who later was given orders from the President's desk to find a way for the government to buy up Native American land through less than honorable means. The memo from the President's desk was something to the effect of "Find Myer [Dillon S. Myer] I have a ****** *** job for him to do."
I noticed some five or so years ago the government under Homeland Security was still spending money on building camps, the big contractors openly state that they've been awarded the projects, and I don't know what or who they are for. It could be anyone, depending on the political climate of the time.
The long way round to Tikhon of Colorado, question, is that we should want to be a member of the body of Christ rather than check off three hundred different boxes on a form, and demand the government have a box for that too
If people can demand that there be a Klingon interpreter at the courthouse....
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