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.
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