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Race vs. ethnicity

Dear Editor:I read Ross Montessori organizers defend [their] school by Mr. Colson (Aspen Times, July 7), which stated in part it is not a haven for “white-flight” families.Our government states quite plainly that Hispanic and Latino are ethnic identities, but not a race. There is no “white haven” with regards to ethnicity and Latinos and Hispanics. The only races in the United States are American Indian or Alaska native, Asian, black or African American, native Hawaiian or other Pacific islander, and white.The government, under “race facts,” then states: “There are also two minimum categories for ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino, or non-Hispanic and Latino.” Please refer to http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/race/racefactcb.html.Under the politically correct thinking, my two children are “ethnically classified” as Austrian ethnicity and therefore they are also a minority in Colorado, while staying under the “white umbrella” of race, right along with the majority of Latino and Hispanic ethnic groups. Montessori schools tend to welcome all ethnic groups and religious groups equally as long as these parents are willing to do their share and not rely on welfare, i.e. taxpayer-paid before and after school care, as well as feed their children hot breakfasts and lunches and not rely on taxpayer-funded school bus transportation. Please correct the politically incorrect misnomer your newspaper just printed. It is not a “racially-tinged reaction” at all; it is, perhaps, an “ethnic-tinged reaction” only, although being a white haven with an “ethnic dislike” is unlikely at any Montessori school. Marty LichGypsum

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