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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.
If approved, the new designation could appear on census forms in 2020 and could have far-reaching implications for racial identity, anti-discrimination laws and health research.
Under current law, people from the Middle East are considered white, the legacy of century-old court rulings in which Syrian Americans argued that they should not be considered Asian — because that designation would deny them citizenship under the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. But scholars and community leaders say more and more people with their roots in the Middle East find themselves caught between white, black and Asian classifications that don't fully reflect their identities.
White – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
originally posted by: WUNK22
It bothers me when a lot of groups are labeled white, especially in crime statistics. Let's see who's really committing these crimes, I'd like to know. then focus our energy on the right people to help curb crime. Or maybe our politicians really don't care where the crime is, hummmmmmm.....
originally posted by: Konduit
a reply to: enlightenedservant
I think that's exactly why they want it changed, it makes it easier to establish who gets more privilege. Let's just see if the DoJ follows suit.
originally posted by: ReprobateRaccoon
Our nation is divided enough as it is. Rather than find new criteria with which to further divide our nation, maybe it's time to just put race aside and refer to all of us as HUMANS?[/quote
But that would end racism and all the government jobs related to dealing with it.
originally posted by: enlightenedservant
a reply to: neo96
Right now they're officially classified as "white". Why is that so hard for people here to understand?
originally posted by: darkbake
a reply to: neo96
You're being too partisan here Neo, we all know it is a good idea to classify Middle-Easterners separately than whites.