Some people have realized that there are many people who represent more than one race, and the generously tell us to "check all that apply." Others, however, choose not to give us that option, and say to select only one. Honestly, that hurts a little bit. My mother's side of the family is Portuguese. For all that I know, there isn't a single black person in that whole line. To have to choose "Black" when half of my ancestry is white is a very difficult thing to do. Regardless of all of that, I will always put "black" for many reasons.
1) For the first 13 years of my life, I thought I was black. I know, it sounds weird, but the thought never entered my mind that I was mixed black and white until I saw a special on Nick News about kids who are exactly like I am. It probably never entered my mind, because I only have three relatives from my mom's side that live in America. On my dad's side, I had all sorts of family members all around me, who were very proud of their heritage. They constantly reminded me of my roots, and I loved being black. When I found out, I wasn't entirely black, I was pretty shocked to say the least.
After figuring out that I wasn't 100% black, I looked back on my life, and I realized that tons of people asked me what my race was. Not knowing the truth, I replied "black," and being the innocent little kid that I was, I returned the courtesy by asking them what race they were... even though, it was obvious what race they were. It was a tough adjustment, but I learned to appreciate my identity.
2) By law, I'm Black. I don't know if the rules have changed since I last checked, but as far as I know, the United States government says that I'm black. In fact, if my kids all marry white people, their kids will be considered too. By law, if you're 1/8th black, and 7/8th white, you're still black. Hey, I don't make the rules, but that's just the way it is.
3) When people look at me, they may see a black person, but they will NEVER see a white person. Here's the thing. If I was put in a group of black people, and you picked random strangers to figure out what race I am, most would probably say black. If you did the same thing but put me with a group of white people. I would be absolutely shocked if anyone said that I was white. Nobody has ever thought that I was white in my life, but plenty of people have thought that I was black. If I'm honest, most people think I'm hispanic, which is understandable, but that's a different post for a different time.