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Sunday, April 10, 2005
 
Where's my Jedi option?

I was just browsing my InCircle profile [InCircle is Dartmouth's official version of the Facebook] and noticed some very weird entries under the Ethnicity and Religion pull-down menus. In case you're wondering, here are the choices available:

Ethnicity

African American
American Indian/Native American
Burmese
Cambodian
Chicano/Mexican American
Chinese/Chinese American
East Indian/Pakistani
Filipino/Filipino American
Hispanic
Hmong
Indian
Indonesian
Japanese/Japanese American
Korean/Korean American
Laotian
Latino/Latin American
Malaysian
Multi-Racial
Native African
Polynesian/Pacific Islander
Puerto Rican
Singaporean
Taiwanese
Thai/Other Asian
Vietnamese/Vietnamese American
White/Caucasian
Other

Religion

African Traditional
Agnostic/Atheist
Baha'i
Buddhism
Cao Dai
Chinese traditional
Christianity
Hinduism
Islam
Jainism
Juche
Judaism
Neo-Paganism
Primal-indigenous
Rastafarianism
Scientology
Secular/Nonreligious
Shinto
Sikhism
Spiritism
Tenrikyo
Unitarian-Universalism
Zoroastrianism
Other

For goodness sakes, "Burmese," "Cambodian," "Pakistani," "Indonesian," and so on are not ethnicities. They're nationalities...and you've already got a "Country" menu on that same page! How can "Cao Dai," "Neo-Paganism," "Rastafarianism," and "Tenrikyo" be considered legitimate religions? How the heck did Juche, the official state ideology of North Korea, make the list? And if "Shintoism" and "Buddhism" can be given separate entries, what about some for Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Lutheranism, and so on?

It's pretty clear that the administration isn't trying hard enough to be inclusive. So in that spirit of charity, I'm going to suggest a few additions to both categories:

To the former: "American," "Canadian," "European," "Slav," "Arabic," "Persian," "Basque," "Global Citizen."

To the latter: "Wahhabism," "Market Fundamentalism," "Communism," "Reason," "Satanism," and of course, "Jedi" and "Sith."

These should certainly make alumni feel a lot better about themselves.