Last summer I did a statistical analysis of my Facebook friends and wrote two posts about it. I was going to dedicate the third post to the racial and ethnic make-up of my online friends, but got writer’s block at the magnitude of the task of writing about race.
Do I outline a short history of how race has been defined? And from who’s perspective? Should I approach it as a purely statistical exercise? Or should I deconstruct it nice and easy?
So this is what I’ve decided to do. First, I’ll write about my observations on how race and ethnicity are defined in each of the three countries that I’ve lived in. I’ll be focusing on how race and ethnicity is defined officially, by the government, and colloquially on the streets. Then I’ll compare the demographics of my Facebook friends to the US and world populations. Continue reading