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US Census struggles with ‘white’ racial category

Some 3 million people of Southwest Asian, Middle Eastern or North African descent live in the United States, according to an analysis of US Census Bureau data. But are they "white"?

Published: April 7, 2019, 10:29 am

    In past US census surveys, more than 80 percent in these immigrants called themselves “white”, according to the analysis. Los Angeles is home to most of these immigrants where more than 350 000 of them live, the analysis by the Los Angeles Times showed.

    Arab and Iranian communities do not want to categorised as “white” however and they have lobbied the bureau for a separate racial category denoting people of Middle Eastern or North African descent.

    In 2018, the bureau stated that it would not be including the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) category for the census. Instead, the next survey will require that participants who previously checked “white” or “black”, to state their “origins” for the first time. On the new forms, Lebanese and Egyptian immigrants may be classified as “white”.

    But many complain that they identify as people of colour. “The bureau’s move was seen as a blow to a group already grappling with feelings of invisibility,” the LA Times reported. “We are our own community,” the executive director of the Arab American Civic Council in Anaheim, California complained. “It’s as if we don’t count.”

    Racial activists argue that the “white” label will damage claims of diversity. Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute, said being “white” has “deprived our community of access to basic services and rights,” such as funding and grants.

    Government research from 2015 showed that Middle Eastern and North African people would check the MENA box if given the option. The analysis found that more than 80 percent of individuals of Southwest Asian, Middle Eastern or North African descent, had called themselves “white” in past census surveys.

    Prior to the 2010 census, the Arab and Iranian communities in Southern California lobbied against whiteness however: “Check it right, you ain’t white!”

    But counting the MENA immigrants as whites has slowed down the rate at which the non-white percentage of the US is increasing, thus making immigration seem like less of a problem.

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    • (((MSM and Academia))) has so effectively demonized and “deconstructed whiteness” that anybody who can pass as something other than White, will, à la Shaun King and Rachel Dolezal. And, as the Arab American Institute so ably points out, being White deprives one of the “basic services and rights, funding and grants”, that, while funded by White “privilege”, is available ONLY to POC.

      But at least the (((SPLC))) is pleased, tracking the dispossession of Whites, in both America and Europe:

      • Baron von Aus
        • Take care, naming (((frenemies))) here. FWM is out of Europe, and subject to heavy (((censorship))) Yellow box, below article, above comments, mentions Germany in particular.

      • JimB

        You’re one of the most intelligent women on our side, PacificaRose. It’s a real joy to read through your posts. I need to do it more than I do. Hope you’re doing well!

        • Thank you, JimB. A compliment from you is my treasure. You already know, I appreciate your work, over on Russia Insider. I take comfort, knowing there are men like you, dedicated, to securing the existence of our people, and a future for White children. My heart swells with pride at your efforts, and those of men like you. May our numbers continue to grow.

        • I second that!

    • usduygsdfuygsduygysdug

      i think the body color changes due to climate

      if you put a dark skin guy in nothern europe, he will become white cause of the cold and clouds
      and if you put a white in africa, he will become black cause of heat and sun

      i think it takes five to ten years to change color

      what does not change is STUPIDITY
      STUPIDITY remains forever…



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