Why Do We Always Ask Race, Gender, Age, Marital Status?

I am puzzled.  We claim to be so civilized.  We assert that we do not discriminate.  However, why is it that virtually every application, form, etc., asks us what race we are, what our gender is, what our age is, what religion we practice, or what our marital status is?  I believe that we would be far better off never asking these questions.  We do not need this information.  Frankly, as a CPA, I don’t care if you are white, black, brown, yellow or purple, as long as your money is green!  And if a couple has children in an intermarriage, what race is that child?  For example, if a Hispanic marries a Caucasian, is the child Hispanic or Caucasian?  And why would it matter at all?  Are we imposing fictitious dominant submissive characterizations here?  Isn’t that the Hitler doctrine, a vestige of the master race idiocy, veiled under the guise of some demographic survey?  Enough.  Let’s do away with such meaningless categorizations.  It’s a surreptitious form of discrimination, reinforcing a sense of superiority over others on irrelevant criteria such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, religion, etc.  Let us not forget that 10,000 years ago we all came from that same tribe in the Caucasus Mountains speaking the same language, reconstructed as the Indo-European language, and that genetically, we are 99% all identical.

About William Brighenti

William Brighenti is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and Certified Business Valuation Analyst. Bill began his career in public accounting in 1979. Since then he has worked at various public accounting firms throughout Connecticut. Bill received a Master of Science in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Hartford, after attending the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University for his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. He subsequently attended Purdue University for doctoral studies in Accounting and Quantitative Methods in Business. Bill has instructed graduate and undergraduate courses in Accounting, Auditing, and other subjects at the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford State Technical College, and Purdue University. He also taught GMAT and CPA Exam Review Classes at the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center and at Person-Wolinsky, and is certified to teach trade-related subjects at Connecticut Vocational Technical Schools. His articles on tax and accounting have been published in several professional journals throughout the country as well as on several accounting websites. William was born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut, and served on the City's Board of Finance and Taxation as well as its City Plan Commission. In addition to the blog, Accounting and Taxes Simplified, Bill writes a blog, "The Barefoot Accountant", for the Accounting Web, a Sift Media publication.
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