2020 U.S. Census may add Middle Eastern and Northern Africa

2020 U.S. Census may add Middle Eastern and Northern Africa
How will this impact those who consider themselves African American or White or Black African or Other?


The White House is putting forward a proposal to add a new racial category for people from the Middle East and North Africa under what would be the biggest realignment of federal racial definitions in decades.

The U.S. Census Bureau may add a new category to its 2020 form for people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. The category — called “MENA” for short — encompasses a broad range of identities.

NPR Audio Link: Middle Eastern and Northern Africa

Video: Why Many Arab Americans Check ‘White’ On The US Census

Video: Classified as White: Racial classifications of Americans of Middle Eastern and North African descent


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