“Arab Americans are white?” This question—commonly posed as a demonstration of shock or surprise—highlights the dissonance between how “Arab” and “white” are discursively imagined and understood in the United States today.
For years, advocates have pushed the Census Bureau for a box for people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. Now, the bureau recommends one. Some worry the data may be misused in surveillance.
Definition of race can vary from country to country, and the use of the ‘one drop rule’ – as defined in law – is particular only to the USA. Similarly in the UK, as with the USA, despite a significant proportion of individuals self-defining as Mixed Race whilst partaking in respective census measures, the media in each country has continued to define ‘people of colour’ as black.Tuesday, 2017-01-17 00:03Z
The definition of race has come under scrutiny by a number of researchers (Case, 2012; Soudien, 2010; Rose & Paisley, 2012). This can include the arguments surrounding the ‘one drop rule.’ This has its origin in the racial segregation laws in the USA that defines the extent to which any person can be considered African-American […]
‘The Beautiful Faces of my Black People’: race, ethnicity and the politics of Colombia’s 2005 censusFriday, 2017-01-06 02:22Z
‘The Beautiful Faces of my Black People’: race, ethnicity and the politics of Colombia’s 2005 census Ethnic and Racial Studies Volume 36, 2013 – Issue 10: Rethinking Race, Racism, Identity, and Ideology in Latin America Pages 1544-1563 DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2013.791398 Tianna S. Paschel, Assistant Professor of African American Studies University of California, Berkeley The recent multicultural […]
A U.S. Census proposal to add category for people of Middle Eastern descent makes some uneasy The Washington Post 2016-10-21 Tara Bahrampour For the first time in four decades, the federal government is poised to add a new ethnic category to the U.S. census form, adding a box for people of Middle Eastern and North […]
Federal officials may revamp how Americans identify race, ethnicity on census and other forms Pew Research Center 2016-10-04 D’Vera Cohn, Senior Writer/Editor Federal officials are moving ahead with the most important potential changes in two decades in how the government asks Americans about their racial and Hispanic identity. They include combining separate race and Hispanic […]
And there, we see that in 1940—the first and most recent census in the list—before my mother was born and when my grandmother was a widow by her first husband, my grandmother and her first five children, ages 13, 10, 8, 6, and 1, are all classified as “C” for “colored.”Wednesday, 2016-09-07 01:28Z
And yet, it is shockingly easy for me to locate the information. Instead of showing us the microfiche records that I thought we’d have to comb through, the librarian says it’s easier if we just access their subscription to Ancestry.com, and so leads us past the exhibits to the room with the large wooden desks […]
The face of change: Census racial categories aren’t so black and white The Dallas Morning News 2016-08-19 Jill Cowan, Staff Writer Gloria Fortner, 13, says she values all of the influences of her parentage. Her father, Bruce Fortner, is a black pastor, and her mother, Florencia Velasco Fortner, is a Mexican immigrant who heads a […]
Seattle’s multiracial identity evolves along with census The Seattle Times 2016-08-18 Gene Balk Now that Americans can select more than one racial category, we rank high nationally in terms of multiracial population and percentage. TODAY — WHEN NEARLY 10 million Americans identify as multiracial — it’s strange to think that just a few decades ago, […]
Indian, African-Guyanese numbers continue to decline, census finds Stabroek News Georgetown, Guyana 2016-07-19 Staff Writer – mixed race, Amerindian populations still growing Although the country’s two largest ethnic groups, East Indian and African-Guyanese, continued to decline in their numbers between 2002 and 2012, the drop was offset by continued growth in the mixed race and […]