Great Evening World Wide Web. Today is a great day! We are all closer to perfection than we were yesterday. As I searched the internet to find the real measure of how our Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census tracks our human population, I wanted to make sure that I could offer an actual example. I want to begin by drawing your attention to question #8 that leads into #9. This is important because Hispanics or Latinos are the nations largest minority group and growing. I realize how important it may be to keep up with these growing statistics, but most people don’t. I’ve heard, well, I’m not “Black” I’m African-American or vice versa. There are Latinos who don’t know their race or races, if you ask them “What is your race?” They will proudly tell you Latino. As I’ve reiterated, this is a cultural classification. The problem is, MOST Latinos are “Mixed” or OTHER. I would go as far as to say PLENTY of African-Americans or Blacks are also, but because of the history of this country, that dialogue is far off. The thought processes behind the ideals that created and maintained the idea of racial segregation is why the Ethnicities are skewing the stats. Here’s how I would answer these questions. My children would check the box that say “OTHER” Latino origin, Black, and American Indian. That’s three boxes!!! Alternatively, I may just CHECK THE BOX that says “SOME OTHER RACE” attempting to show my children are a mixture. A New Creation. Then I could attempt to explain by saying something like BLACK and LATINO or Blaxureno. That’s a real head scratcher. The problem with that answer is that one is a RACE and the OTHER is a culture. My children are CULTURALLY AMERICAN. I am an American, my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother on both maternal and paternal sides were all born right here in America. I married an immigrant, in the land of immigrants. This is a growing dynamic in America. Is melanin the issue? Precious cancer fighting, sun protecting melanin. (another blog) What a way to skew some stats! This is a sensitive yet important issue that we must work on….together. This is a small lesson on how items are offered through our government. You see, the results of these federal forms are used to decide civil rights laws, funding, & even redistricting of congressional districts. Is it the form’s problem or do we need to add more boxes? Will it stop the mixtures? I really don’t think so unless we enact some older laws from the 1960s and 70s. The problem is who I’m trying to tell you I am doesn’t fit our typical understanding anymore. For this very reason the US Census Bureau is working to change some of the questions that we now use to track our current racial demographics. Read more at the link below.
Is the answer to add more questions? Is it just LATINOS who check other? What about the people who prefer one racial name for a classification over another? Could it be that PEOPLE have changed and don’t fit into our BLACK, WHITE, ASIAN rules? Science says this is the base of all ethnicities and race. Could it be race is completely evolving? The “concept” that doesn’t exist, but we’ve all come to understand as our realities around the globe? What do you think? I would love to hear from you. Share any comments or answers to these questions that you’d like.
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