California's Racial Privacy Initiative California, the first large state without a clear racial majority, looks much the way projected demographics suggest the rest of the country will look within the next few decades. In many ways, this makes California a giant laboratory for how to deal with race-related issues.

This article hits close to home for me because both of my children are multi-racial. What box *should* they check? Lately I have been leaving that section blank.

Which reminds me ... at the hospital where Joy was born, they sort of tried to pressure me to mark an ethnicity for her. I explained to the social worker that my daughter was neither black nor white, as her father is white and I am mixed myself. I better get a copy of her birth certificate and make sure that they left it blank.