SURVEY QUESTIONS


What is the highest level of education you have completed (CIRCLE ONE)?
(  )  High School
(  )  Associates Degree
(  )  Bachelors Degree
(  )  Masters Degree
(  )  Ph.D.
(  )  Other, please specify __________

What is the highest level of education you expect to complete (CIRCLE ONE)?
(  )  High School
(  )  Associates Degree
(  )  Bachelors Degree
(  )  Masters Degree
(  )  Ph.D.
(  )  Other, please specify

What is your current occupation? ____________________________________

What is your date of birth? _________________________________________

What is the city and state in which you were born? _______________________

Are you male or female (CHECK ONE)?  (  )  Male		(  )  Female

What is your racial or ethnic origin?
(  )  American Indian/Alaskan Native
(  )  Asian/ Pacific Islander
(  )  Black
(  )  Hispanic
(  )  White
(  )  Other _____________
(  )  Mixed Race (check all that apply)
(  )  American Indian/Alaskan Native
(  )  Asian/ Pacific Islander
(  )  Black
(  )  Hispanic
(  )  White
(  )  Other____________________

Were you adopted?		(  )  No 		(  )  Yes 

What is your mothers racial or ethnic origin?
(  )  American Indian/Alaskan Native
(  )  Asian/ Pacific Islander
(  )  Black
(  )  Hispanic
(  )  White
(  )  Other _____________
(  )  Mixed Race (check all that apply)
(  )  American Indian/Alaskan Native
(  )  Asian/ Pacific Islander
(  )  Black
(  )  Hispanic
(  )  White
(  )  Other____________________

What is the highest level of education your mother has completed?
(  )  High School
(  )  Associates Degree
(  )  Bachelors Degree
(  )  Masters Degree
(  )  Ph.D.
(  )  Other, please specify______________________

When you were growing up, what was you mother’s occupation?_________ ___________

What is your fathers racial or ethnic origin?
(  )  American Indian/Alaskan Native
(  )  Asian/ Pacific Islander
(  )  Black
(  )  Hispanic
(  )  White
(  )  Other _____________
(  )  Mixed Race (check all that apply)
(  )  American Indian/Alaskan Native
(  )  Asian/ Pacific Islander
(  )  Black
(  )  Hispanic
(  )  White
(  )  Other____________________

What is the highest level of education your father has completed?
(  )  High School
(  )  Associates Degree
(  )  Bachelors Degree
(  )  Masters Degree
(  )  Ph.D.
(  )  Other, please specify_________________


When you were growing up, what was you father’s occupation?” ___________

Are your parents currently married to each other?		(  )  No		 (  )  Yes

The Census bureau has considered adding a ‘multiracial’ category to their racial classification system.  Which of
the following statements would best describe your opinion of that change.  (CIRCLE ONE)
(  )  I think it is a bad idea because it will have negative effects on the Black community. 
(  )  I think it is a bad idea because it will separate biracial people from Blacks. 
(  )  I think it is a good idea because biracial people should have the opportunity to choose how
      they want to identify.
(  )  I think it is a good idea because it reflects reality within the Black population. 
(  )  I have no opinion. 

Interracial marriages are currently on the rise in the United States.  Which of the following statements best
describes your opinion about the children of those unions:
(  )  They are Black and should identify themselves that way.
(  )  They are biracial, but they should identify themselves as Black.
(  )  They are biracial and should identify themselves that way.
(  )  They shouldn’t have to define themselves as any one race.
(  )  They are biracial, but they should have a choice of how they may identify themselves (as
      Black, Biracial or White).
(  )  Other __________________________________________

Circle the area on the continuum that best describe your skin color?


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What was the racial composition of your grammar or elementary school?
( )Most All Whites	( )Mostly Whites	( )About Half Black	( )Mostly Blacks     ( )All Blacks	( )Other
What was the racial composition of your closest friends in grammar or elementary school?
( )Most All Whites	( )Mostly Whites	( )About Half Black	( )Mostly Blacks     ( )All Blacks	( )Other
What was the racial composition of your junior high school?
( )Most All Whites	( )Mostly Whites	( )About Half Black	( )Mostly Blacks     ( )All Blacks	( )Other
What was the racial composition of your high school?
( )Most All Whites	( )Mostly Whites	( )About Half Black	( )Mostly Blacks     ( )All Blacks	( )Other
What was the racial composition of your closest friends in high school?
( )Most All Whites	( )Mostly Whites	( )About Half Black	( )Mostly Blacks     ( )All Blacks	( )Other
What was the racial composition of your neighborhood while growing up?
( )Most All Whites	( )Mostly Whites	( )About Half Black	( )Mostly Blacks     ( )All Blacks	( )Other
What is the racial composition of your college?
( )Most All Whites	( )Mostly Whites	( )About Half Black	( )Mostly Blacks     ( )All Blacks	( )Other
What is the racial composition of your present neighborhood?
( )Most All Whites	( )Mostly Whites	( )About Half Black	( )Mostly Blacks     ( )All Blacks	( )Other
What is the racial composition of your church or place of worship?
( )Most All Whites	( )Mostly Whites	( )About Half Black	( )Mostly Blacks     ( )All Blacks	( )Other
What is the racial composition of your present workplace?
( )Most All Whites	( )Mostly Whites	( )About Half Black	( )Mostly Blacks     ( )All Blacks	( )Other
What is the racial composition of your closest friends today?
( )Most All Whites	( )Mostly Whites	( )About Half Black	( )Mostly Blacks     ( )All Blacks	( )Other

What is the race of your current, or most recent, significant other (i.e., spouse, love interest, boy/girlfriend)?
(  )  American Indian/Alaskan Native
(  )  Asian/Pacific Islander
(  )  Black
(  )  Hispanic
(  )  White
(  )  Other _____________________

Some people call the slang that African-American people speak ‘Black Vernacular’ or ‘Ebonics’.  In you home,
how would you characterize the use of Black Vernacular?
(  )  Everyone in my home speaks in the vernacular all the time.
(  )  We sometimes speak in vernacular, sometime we use Standard English
(  )  Standard English is exclusively used in our home.
(  )  I have never paid attention to the way people speak.
(  )  Other ________________________________________

How close do you feel to poor Blacks?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to religious Blacks?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to young Blacks?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to middle-class Blacks?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to working-class Blacks?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to older Blacks?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to Black elected officials?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to Black professionals?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to Black entertainers?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to Black athletes?
(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to poor Whites?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to religious Whites?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to young Whites?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to middle-class Whites?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to working-class Whites?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to older Whites?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to White politicians?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to White professionals?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to White entertainers?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close
How close do you feel to White athletes?
	(  )  Not close at all		(  )  Close	(  )  Very Close


In the neighborhood that you grew up in, the most common language usage was which of the following?
(  )  Everyone in my home speaks in the vernacular all the time.
(  )  We sometimes speak in vernacular, sometime we use Standard English.
(  )  Standard English is exclusively used in our home.
(  )  I have never paid attention to the way people speak.
	
Did your parent(s) belong to any race based political organizations (for example, the NAACP or Urban League)?
(  )  No		(  )  Yes


Did your parent(s) ever participate in any of the following political activities (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY?)
(  )  march or demonstration
(  )  voter drive
(  )  circulate a petition
(  )  attend a protest meeting
(  )  boycott
(  )  other __________________________

Did your parent(s) ever discuss personal experiences of discrimination based upon their race/ethnicity?”
(  )  No		(  )  Yes

Black children should learn an African language.
(  )  Strongly Disagree	(  )  Disagree	(  )  Agree	(  )  Strongly Agree
Blacks should always vote for Black candidates when possible.
(  )  Strongly Disagree	(  )  Disagree	(  )  Agree	(  )  Strongly Agree
Black women should not date White men.
(  )  Strongly Disagree	(  )  Disagree	(  )  Agree	(  )  Strongly Agree
Black people should shop in Black-owned shops whenever possible.
(  )  Strongly Disagree	(  )  Disagree	(  )  Agree	(  )  Strongly Agree
Black men should not date White women.
(  )  Strongly Disagree	(  )  Disagree	(  )  Agree	(  )  Strongly Agree
Black parents should give their children African names.
(  )  Strongly Disagree	(  )  Disagree	(  )  Agree	(  )  Strongly Agree

Some parents attempt to influence their children’s dating partners.  When you think about your won parents, how
would you describe their involvement in your choice of dating partners?
(  )  They never tried to influence my choice of dating partners.
(  )  They tried to influence my dating partners, but it had nothing to do with the persons race.
(  )  They tried to influence my dating partners by urging me to date only within my race.
(  )  They forbid me from dating outside my race.
(  )  Other ___________________________________________________________


Have you ever experienced negative treatment from Blacks because of your skin color or physical features?
(  )  No, I have never experienced racial discrimination.
(  )  Yes, I have occasionally experienced racial discrimination.
(  )  Yes, I have frequently experienced racial discrimination.


Have you ever experienced personal discrimination or hostility from Whites because of your race?
(  )  No, I have never experienced racial discrimination.
(  )  Yes, I have occasionally experienced racial discrimination.
(  )  Yes, I have frequently experienced racial discrimination.


Has anyone ever told you that you talk, dress, or act “White”?
		(  )  No 		(  )  Yes 

Do you belong to any race-specific organizations or clubs (for example a Black fraternity or sorority or a Black
student group)?
(  )  No		(  )  Yes


Have you ever, at any time in the past, belonged to any race-specific organizations or clubs (for example a Black
fraternity or sorority or a Black student group)?
(  )  No		(  )  Yes

Individuals have many different types of identities.  How would you describe your identity in the following
contexts?

I consider my social identity as:		(  )  Black	(  )  Biracial	(  )  White	(  )  Other
I consider my political identity as:		(  )  Black	(  )  Biracial	(  )  White	(  )  Other
consider my cultural identity as:		(  )  Black	(  )  Biracial	(  )  White	(  )  Other
I consider my physical identity as:		(  )  Black	(  )  Biracial	(  )  White	(  )  Other
On forms I identify myself as:		        (  )  Black	(  )  Biracial	(  )  White	(  )  Other


Did you talk openly in your family about being biracial?(  )No	(  )  Yes

Did your parents try to directly shape your racial identity?
(  )  No		(  )  Yes

If Yes, which racial identity did they encourage you to adopt?
(  )  American Indian/Alaskan Native
(  )  Asian/Pacific Islander
(  )  Black
(  )  Hispanic
(  )  White
(  )  Other
		(  )  Mixed Race

How true do you think it is that most Black people love their families?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think it is that most Black people are ashamed?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think it is that most Black people are lazy?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think it is that most Black people neglect their families?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think it is that most Black people are lying and trifling?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think that it is that most Black people keep trying?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think it is that most Black people are hard working?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think it is that most Black people do for others?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think it is that most Black people give up easily?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think it is that most Black people are weak?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think it is that most Black people are proud of themselves?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think it is that most Black people are honest?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think it is that most Black people are selfish?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	
How true do you think it is that most Black people are strong?
	(  )  True 	(  )  Somewhat True	(  )  A Little True 	(  )  Not True at All	

The contact you had with your mother’s family (i.e., grandparents, aunts, uncles) can be described as:
(  )  Daily	(  )  Once a week		(  )  Once a month	(  )  Several times a year	(  )  No contact

The contact you had with your father’s family (i.e., grandparents, aunts, uncles) can be described as:
(  )  Daily	(  )  Once a week		(  )  Once a month	(  )  Several times a year	(  )  No contact


Which of the following responses do you think best describes what your parents taught you about what it is to be
(half) Black?
(  )  Be yourself, just take care of yourself
(  )  Don’t be prejudiced.
(  )  Whites believe they are superior.
(  )  None of the above
(  )  Other ________________________



Which of the following responses do you think best characterizes the way that your parents taught you about
Black-White relations?
(  )  You’re as good as anybody else.
(  )  Recognize that all races are equal.
(  )  Blacks don’t have the chances that whites have.
(  )  None of the above.
(  )  Other _______________________________

Which of the following responses do you think best describes what your parents taught you about how to get along
with White people?
(  )  Don’t ever put your trust in whites.
(  )  Just work hard.
(  )  Treat Whites the way you want to be treated.
(  )  None of the above.

Which of the following statements best describes how you feel about your racial identity?
(  )  I consider myself exclusively Black (or African-American)
(  )  I sometimes consider myself Black, sometimes my other race, and sometimes biracial
      depending on the circumstances.
(  )  I consider myself Biracial, but I experience the world as a Black person.
(  )  I consider myself exclusively as Biracial, (neither Black nor White).
(  )  I consider myself exclusively as my other race (not Black or biracial)
(  )  Race is meaningless, I do not believe in racial identities.
(  )  Other _______________________________________________


What group of people would you say you feel most comfortable being around:
(  )  I am most comfortable with Blacks
(  )  I am most comfortable with Whites
(  )  I am equally comfortable with Blacks and Whites.
(  )  I am most comfortable with Biracial or Multi-ethnic people.
(  )  I am most comfortable in diverse groups with people of varying races and ethnicities.
(  )  Race is not the mot important factor that determines my comfort level.

Which of the following best describes your physical appearance:
(  )  I look Black and most people assume that I am Black 
(  )  My physical features are ambiguous, people assume I am Black mixed with something else. 
(  )  My physical features are ambiguous, people do not assume that I am Black. 
(  )  I physically look White, I could ‘pass’. 

Have you experienced negative treatment by Blacks because you have parents of different races?
(  )  No, I have never experienced negative treatment by Blacks.
(  )  Yes, I have occasionally experienced negative treatment by Blacks.
(  )  Yes, I have frequently experienced negative treatment by Blacks.

Have you experienced negative treatment by Whites because you have parents of different races?
(  )  No, I have never experienced negative treatment by Whites.
(  )  Yes, I have occasionally experienced negative treatment by Whites.
(  )  Yes, I have frequently experienced negative treatment by Whites.

Which of the following positions do you support about the U.S. Census racial categorization?
(  )  No change should be made in the existing Census categories.
(  )  They should add a “multiracial” category. 
(  )  They should allow people to ‘check all that apply’ of the existing categories.
(  )  They should add a ‘Multiracial’ category that allows an individual to ‘check all that apply’
      underneath. 


It is extremely difficult to record many aspects of the biracial experience in a survey.  Therefore would you be
willing to be contacted for a brief interview (for which you would be monetarily reimbursed)?
(  )  No		(  )  Yes



Frequencies:

Kerry Rockquemore

krocque@mail.henryford.cc.mi.us



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