Turkishking

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I'm Turkish.. hence my name. What would be the right race selection for me on applications, "other"?
 

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Eurasian...I'd go with white, even if your skin color is darker than your average white person.

EDIT: If you don't think white is accurate, then go with other.
 

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I'm Turkish.. hence my name. What would be the right race selection for me on applications, "other"?
White. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. It includes people who indicate their race as "White" or report entries such as Irish, German, Italian, Lebanese, Arab, Moroccan, or Caucasian.

Black or African American. A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa. It includes people who indicate their race as "Black, African Am., or Negro"; or report entries such as African American, Kenyan, Nigerian, or Haitian.

American Indian and Alaska Native. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment. This category includes people who indicate their race as "American Indian or Alaska Native" or report entries such as Navajo, Blackfeet, Inupiat, Yup'ik, or Central American Indian groups or South American Indian groups.

Asian. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. It includes people who indicate their race as "Asian Indian," "Chinese," "Filipino," "Korean," "Japanese," "Vietnamese," and "Other Asian" or provide other detailed Asian responses.

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. It includes people who indicate their race as "Native Hawaiian," "Guamanian or Chamorro," "Samoan," and "Other Pacific Islander" or provide other detailed Pacific Islander responses.

Two or more races. People may have chosen to provide two or more races either by checking two or more race response check boxes, by providing multiple responses, or by some combination of check boxes and other responses.

The concept of race is separate from the concept of Hispanic origin. Percentages for the various race categories add to 100 percent, and should not be combined with the percent Hispanic.

Non-Hispanic White alone persons. Individuals who responded "No, not Spanish/Hispanic/Latino" and who reported "White" as their only entry in the race question. Tallies that show race categories for Hispanics and non-Hispanics separately are also available.

You are white. This has nothing to do with skin tone. White is simply a category. I think that it is stupid to use a color as a label for a category, but as @LizzyM points out, you don't expect someone looking like the Hulk when someone says, "Mr. Green".
 

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what do you put down on the Census? Put that down on your application.
 
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Race is a social construct that, for legal and application purposes really defines ethnic/geographic origins as @mimelim has detailed above.

One of the issues in sociological literature is there is no accepted standard definition for ethnicity or race used in studies and comparing across them is impossible. Most researchers still do not detail how they are defining it for their studies.
 
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I (and every Persian, Turk, Turkmen, even Arab I know) always goes w/ white. You can write down "Other" but no one will care.
 
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