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Scottish "Alien"

1944. Scotland. I don't self-identify racially because I think it is divisive.

I applied for a Driver's License in Florida when I first arrived, even though I was told that a British license was acceptable. The clerk was confused because I was obviously not an American, but I was white. When I told her I was from Scotland, she asked me if that was near France. I showed her my "green card" which said "alien registration receipt card" on it. She promptly typed "alien" on the space for "race" on the driver's license. I kept the card for years, but eventually had to turn it back in for a new one. I don't mean to trivialize this project, but it shows how obsessive some people can be to distinguish people who don't look (or sound) like them.