We are proposing that from the 2017 Martin Luther King Day forward, there be no more hyphenated Americans. Let us cease calling ourselves Native-American, African-American, Hispanic-American, Irish-American, Italian-American, Jewish-American or Asian-American. We are Americans.
It is time for the government to stop asking citizens their ethnic background or race. Those questions should be removed from every state, federal and local form. We should not require that information in any business or institution. Race should be irrelevant when applying for school, a loan, a job, or filling out a census form. Citizens should no longer be required to answer such questions.
The way forward is not obsession with our ethnic past, but embracing our common future. A practical step in that direction is to remove racial identifiers from all government forms and applications.
Help us send a message to the new administration: end the practice of referring to citizens in hyphenated terms, such as:
From this point forward, let us encourage unity by calling ourselves "Americans" and asking our government to do the same. Sign the petition to encourage lawmakers to remove all racial categories from government documents.