by Ashley S. Moss on Jun 14, 2018 Uncategorized
Elsewhere, the document has more diverse purposes. In Sudan, a birth certificate has to be presented before a child can enroll in school. In the United States, birth certificates are required to register with Native American tribes. In Sri Lanka, a birth certificate makes it possible to respect a minimum age of criminal responsibility; without it, police may informally estimate (and possibly exaggerate) children's ages. In the United Kingdom, birth certificates help establish eligibility to join the armed forces.
Other types of identity point out how arbitrary certain labels and designations are. One of these is race, which is marked on some birth certificates. Vivian Morris was born in 1969 in Montgomery, Alabama__the town where Rosa Parks famously refused to move to the back of the bus. On Morris's birth certificate, her Korean mother was listed as white. At the time, there weren't standard racial categories to choose from, and registration officials had more say.