by Danielle M. Rosenberg on Jun 13, 2018 Uncategorized
Morris tells me, "I always assumed that she was lumped in with white in Alabama, versus black, because those were the only recognized races back then in the Deep South." Her experience exposes the gaps between bureaucratic permissibility and the complexity of racial identity. Those gaps haven't fully closed since Morris's childhood either: Some U.S. states still don't allow multiracial children to be marked as such on their birth certificates.
In some cases, you may need to replace your original birth certificate. Find the website of the vital records office in the state where you were born and follow their walk in, write in, or online application instructions. You will probably need a state_issued form of photo ID, like driver's license. If you don't have a state_issued photo ID, call and see what options may be available. One solution some states offer is to have your mother or father whose name is on the birth certificate submit a notarized letter with a copy of their photo ID for the request.