Americans whose race might change

The 4.3 million Americans whose race could change when they die.



Twice as many Americans whose race was changed at birth!

In the US, there are two people responsible for filling out government paperwork about you, after you die:


a medical certifier and a funeral director.


At birth there are also two,

a medical certifier and your doctor.

As a Native American one must hope that the paperwork gets filled out correctly or is not changed later!

Many births in and around the New England area 60 to 80 years ago, papers were changed before the child even left the hospital.

I, for instance,

do not wish to be called an American Indian,

Alaska Native


none of the above!

I am and always will be a member of

The Moiigans

(Maïngan – Yáw People).

This government can change the paperwork after my crossing.


I will still be crossed to my Ancestors, along side of

Father Sky,

the Great Spirit,



No one on Mother Earth can change this fact!

I pray to Kiehtan (Creator)

for a

‘Faith Blessing’


those worrying about this posting.

The 4.3 million Americans whose race could change when they die.

We all carry expectations about our own deaths:

to be respected, mourned, missed, by at least a few; some kind of cultural ceremony or ritual;

a few last wishes dutifully carried out.

What you might not expect is to be assigned a new race.

In the US, there are two people responsible for filling out government paperwork about you, after you die:

a medical certifier and a funeral director.

The medical certifier records details like cause of death.

But in many states it’s the funeral director who’s responsible for completing biographical sections:

where you died, your educational background, occupation, race, and ethnicity.

These arbiters can produce some strange final records.

Research conducted over the last decade by the US National Center for Health Statistics shows that people of Asian, Hispanic, and especially Native American descent stand a surprisingly high chance of being mislabeled when they die.

Official US race and ethnicity demographics are tracked by self-reporting—that is, census.

Every 10 years, Americans fill out paperwork that lets the government know what race they consider themselves a part of, and whether they are of Hispanic origin.

After you’re dead, the person most qualified to state your race and ethnicity is still you.

But, well, you’re dead.

So according to the government, it’s up to funeral directors to submit that information for you.

Though each state might have slight variations on their certificate, the US government provides a standard for them to follow:

For black and white Americans, this system seems to work.

Research finds that mortality records for black and white people in the US are accurate:

They match what people say in census data.

But for some minorities, not so.

In a study published this month by the National Center for Health Statistics,

a part of the Centers for Disease Control, researchers looked at 3.8 million representative death records.

They found that for deaths from 1999 to 2011, 3% of Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander populations ended up misclassified as other races.

An astonishing 40% of American Indians and Alaska Natives

were also found to be misclassified,

as STAT News pointed out earlier this week.

The majority of deceased from those populations were misclassified as white, perhaps in part because interracial marriage among

American Indians is particularly common, and people might appear more white.


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