The Chicago Tribune published a “Community Profile” on Oak Park in their real estate section, Jan. 2, titled “Rich in architectural history, Oak Park shaping its future while preserving past.”

After extolling the virtues of Oak Park’s diversity, architectural and otherwise, the article quotes an attorney and single mom named Sandra Blanco who says, “I’m Hispanic and my son is tri-racial.”

I’m not entirely in the loop and my cultural literacy often lags, but this is my first acquaintance with the term “tri-racial.” Oak Park has long been noted for its “bi-racial” population, and our soon-to-be president has made bi-racial positively trendy, but maybe our fair village is pioneering a new angle on diversity.

Tri-racial in this case is presumably black, white and Hispanic, but however it breaks down (if Tiger Woods ever has a child with a white wife, the baby would be tri-racial?#34;for all I know, it may already have happened), can “quadri-racial” be far behind? At what point do we stop specifying and simply go with “multiracial”?

In the Trib article, Blanco said, “Diversity is a long-standing goal in Oak Park. It was consciously done. You see people in Oak Park from all walks of life and all persuasions and nobody cares.”

I don’t care either. In fact, I very much like it. I just want to keep up with the designations. Maybe we’ll have to create an extra category in the 2010 census.

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