A race is often referred to by the word “group.” By American tradition, people experience themselves as having a group using geographical origins and related physical traits as criteria of membership. And they see themselves as able to corral others into confinement within such groups without their consent. Nevertheless, some people decline to engage in race membership at all.
to show that people do make choices--in fact, some people decline to engage in race membership at all.
to assist people who do depart from race as an expected behavior pattern to make their decision known to others. Tee shirts, mugs and other items with relevant sayings and designs are offered, to turn a one-sided conversation into a dialogue.
to discuss the conceptual and Biblical foundation of the personal right and power to depart from such a behavior pattern.
By supporting individuals saying No to race, we come across a specific glitch in the system. Click here. Therefore, we add the non-racial choice to public awareness to take a concrete step regarding the aspect of systemic racism. (Click.)
Our Mission Is:
Are you NOT fooled?
Don't YOU believe that every human being has a race? Don't YOU believe that race membership is an indelible characteristic of every human being?
What do YOU say?
for Persons Who Decline
To Engage in Race Membership
A race is often referred to by the word “group.” By American tradition, people experience themselves as having a group using geographical origins and related physical traits as criteria of membership; and they see themselves as able to corral others within such groups without their consent. But this website points out that people do have choices: some people decline to engage in race membership at all. We human beings are not stuck in behavior patterns we do not want––and this website will assist people who depart from race as a behavior pattern, and prefer to say “No” to race membership entirely.
Race: You Like It,
You Keep It
Decisions made by the individual as to who he belongs with or does not belong with, emerge from a profoundly personal level of experience related to early life within the family. This contrasts with the notion inherent in race membership, that belonging to a group can be dictated to the individual by strangers or others to suit their own purposes, in total disregard to the profundities of personal experience. By this view, it’s just a matter of proper social conduct: all nice people will comply. That is what race membership has meant historically in the United States, namely, that persons can have something done to them (such as the assignment of a group membership) outside of their consent, using geography and related physical traits as the reason or excuse.
For example, the concept called the “one-drop rule” from American history, was used during the slavery era to determine who would be held a slave. According to this rule, “if a person . . . is believed to have any African ancestry, that person is regarded as black” . . . [or] “African American”—whatever designation has prevailed by convention at the time.” (Winthrop Jordan, “Historical Origins of the One-Drop Racial Rule in the United States”, https://escholarship.org/uc/item/91g761b3)
The one-drop rule is age-old, dating to
early statutes regulating slaves in many colonies [which] commonly added the words “and mulattoes” after “negroes” [to denote] a class of persons about whom initially there was some doubt, but who were by this wording lumped with blacks. Such lumping assured that these . . . would remain part of the slave population, thus serving the interests of people who owned them https://escholarship.org/uc/item/91g761b3).
Not Afraid to Be
an American Hoodie
I state that, contrary to the notion inherent in the one-drop rule, my life as a human being is sovereignly mine; and by my own choice, is available only to God for the fulfillment of His plans for me, which are to prosper me and not to harm me (Jeremiah 29:11). Also by my own choice, my life is NOT available to other people to fulfill their agendas for me outside of my consent and contradicting my own plans. My soul waits only upon God (Psalm 62:5).
My Life Is Sovereignly Mine Mug
Such choices are not trivial, and they ARE mine to make. Supreme value has been recognized as belonging to the human person. For example, thirty inalienable human rights are listed in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights ((UDHR) published by the United Nations in 1948 www.un.org/en/sections/universal-declaration/history-document). However, there are OSTENSIBLE hindrances to EXPRESSING personal sovereignty in the context of the race phenomenon. These may be related to the one-drop rule.
. . . the rule still serves the convictions of many Americans. For a diminishing number of whites it serves to color the ancestry of a pariah [group or] people with the indelible [italics added] taint of servile blackness. And ironically, the rule serves the convictions of many African Americans that they all should retain collectively [Borg-like,] their vital common interest in their historical and present resistance to racial prejudice and discrimination (https://escholarship.org/uc/item/91g761b3).
My Life Is Sovereignly Mine
In fact, anybody, even a new guy in town, a foreigner, can pick up on and use such a conception of roles formed permanently (indelibly, as stated above) into a social hierarchy by the original historical events in which the words “black” and “white” first took on a socially-related meaning and reference, which they did not have previously in history (Winthrop Jordan, White Over Black,
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=white+over+black+winthrop+jordan&crid=1DSPKGL5VW5TD&sprefix=Winthrop+Jordan%2C+White+Over+Black%2Caps%2C220&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_33). That is to say, the words “black” and “white” in their social meaning have a reference to the slavery chapter in American history. Changing vocabulary words from “negro” to “black” (or even to “Black”) as was done in the 1960’s, cannot grasp or convey the profound truth and human necessity of personal sovereignty (which, by the way, is possessed without doubt by Christians in Christ).
So really, anybody–that is to say, anybody–can easily pull this mindset ever forward into the present (for example, by racial slur), purposely to taint personal interactions with status inequality and unjustified hierarchy, and thereby try to use other persons for any degrading purpose, or to manipulate them.
Life Hid In God
A mindset in place for centuries and embodied by the one-drop rule, very old and appearing to represent reality, is used also by the US Census of 2020. It is as if we are never going to get rid of the pressures. It is known that legal requirements may both reflect and help reinforce development of customary perceptions, and there is a legal penalty of up to $5000 for non-reply to the Census. In the race question, the Census lists social groups for the respondent to choose from, and by its wording, indicates that at least one group and no less is required to be chosen. (https://2020census.gov/en/about-questions/2020-census-questions-race.html)
Race: You Like It, You Keep It
Each of the groups or categories of response describes a person having origins in some particular location, except in the case of the American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN) category, with which a person having the specified geographical origins may identify himself, unless he or she does not maintain an affiliation, leaving the basis of choice be a matter of affiliation, not geography. A person who does not identify with any of the provided race categories, may enter details in the “Some Other Race” write-in area.
It is explicitly stated by the Census (https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/note/US/RHI625219)
that race is being defined as a person’s self-identification with one or more social groups; self-identification is the preferred method for gathering data, unless that is impracticable, as for example, in filling out a death certificate for a deceased; and further, it is stated, no one is being told which boxes to check or what heritage to write in, nor is anyone being told who he is. Nevertheless, an emphasis on self-identification is deceptive if it is not acknowledged that the individual is also capable of declining to engage in race membership at all. That is to say, it may be that one does not identify oneself with any social group whatsoever by use of geographical origins or physical traits, but instead by involvements unrelated to that. Yet, no alternative is offered by the Census questionnaire to the idea that at least one race or some other race besides those listed must be chosen. It appears to be asserted tacitly that there is no such thing as a person’s not being involved with having a race, and that the individual is helpless to decline. This is the impression given to the public consciousness by not explicitly including the logical option which could be called "non-racial" or "none." Click to return to Mission Statement.
Life Hid In God
NOT EVERYBODY BELIEVES IN THIS MINDSET. Other points of view can be enumerated. For example, the Census Bureau, in researching alternatives to the categories that had been in use by them previously (https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/omb/fedreg_1997standards), found people who call themselves “American” or “Human” or who say it would be better not to collect data asking a race affiliation; some respondents also believed they were being told who they are by the questionnaire. Also, in the state of California, it was even put up to a vote in the entire state whether to do away with the question of race altogether. “In 2003, Ward Connerly . . . in California, push[ed] a ballot measure [called Proposition 54, which] he helped place on the ballot that would prohibit the state government from classifying any person by race, ethnicity, color, or national origin, with some exceptions.” (Ballotpedia, https://ballotpedia.org/Ward_Connerly). The Ward Connerly effort seems similar to adding the option onto questionnaires for individuals to decline race membership by their own choice, explicitly, clearly and openly. Such an option could be stated as "non-racial" or "none" or "non-hyphenated American" as this website would favor. This would be a clear and decisive step toward disassembling systemic racism or de-institutionalizing race. (Click to return to Mission Statement.)
You Can't Fool All the People
Not Afraid to Be
While we in the USA in 2020, are pulling down Confederate statues and other memorials to human rights abuse, we Americans are also capable of disempowering the mindset that we have universal and compulsory race membership in our society. We are well able to strike a blow to the one-drop rule, indeed, to strike it down, by making it explicitly clear that race membership is not universal or compulsory in our society. Individuals can and have chosen alternative patterns for their lives.
You can’t get a group membership based on foreign origins out of a stone. I am not foreign. I am pure American, no hyphen. I had never even heard of anything to the contrary until the emergence of the social movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s which glorified race membership, and promoted race identity as being required of every person as a result of history. There were no hyphenated Americans before this ideology tried to meld “black culture” into a multi-cultural palette, claiming that is all there is to America. But they will never squeeze the mainstream out of Americans, by acting like they don’t exist.
I Am Not an Immigrant
I don’t have to worry that I’m going to become whatever other people tell me I have to be, overriding my own understanding of myself. Other people do not control who I am, even if they say or think they do. The proponents of universal race identity did not take part in the formation of my personality, whose crucible is often thought to be the early-life relationship to one’s parents, not to the man-in-the-street, and certainly not to the government, a government “of the people, by the people and for the people”, never the other way around. ("Therefore be imitators of God as dear children" (Ephesians 5:1)). They do not have the ability to make anyone BE anything. That is beyond their powers as human beings. I will not become someone else, or become whatever other people want. I can expect to remain the same person throughout my life. And by nationality, a non-hyphenated American.
Plain Old Non-Hyphenated American
This website aims to give support for knowing that we human beings have the right and the power to decline to engage in race membership completely and by individual choice. But this help is not for everyone, in that some people do not want to disengage from race membership. That is ok. Someone could say the following to those whose personality or social affiliations and attachments are such that race membership is comfortable and desired, or to those who simply believe that race membership is a universal characteristic of human beings, or may feel entitled to expect and demand some particular behavior automatically due to geography or physiognomy, although none may be occurring or forthcoming. One could make a fair-minded and simple statement, namely:
“Race? You like it, you keep it.”
And with that, perhaps we can reach a mutual understanding. Or, perhaps not. What is in one’s heart is in one’s heart. Period.`