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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 Apr 2017 6:38 p.m. PST

It's interesting to see how the U.S. government categorized people in the 1940s. I'm looking at the draft registration card of my maternal grandfather.

Race: The choices are white, negro, oriental, indian, and filipino.

Eyes: blue, gray, hazel, brown or black

Hair: blonde, red, brown, black, gray, bald

Complexion: sallow, light, ruddy, dark, freckled, light brown, dark brown, black (on my grandfather's form, they wrote in "medium")

My Filipino wife was quite amused to see Filipinos and Orientals listed as separate 'races'.

Also, no distinction between American Indian and "India" Indian!

I suppose they did it this way because it was before the era of taking photos of everyone.

Grelber10 Apr 2017 5:06 a.m. PST

Yeah, I think I complained here a year or so back when I filled out my security clearance renewal application and found green and blue were hair color options now.


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