"Meet powerhouse artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez — a leading voice in the movement of artists raising awareness about U.S. immigration issues."
- I am OTHER
The Untold Story of Latinos in America “We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.”
Juan González, Harvest of Empire
"Meet powerhouse artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez — a leading voice in the movement of artists raising awareness about U.S. ...
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Why does the Census Bureau ask about race?
"The Census Bureau collects race data in accordance with guidelines provided by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and these data are based on self-identification. The racial categories included in the census form generally reflect a social definition of race recognized in this country, and are not an attempt to define race biologically, anthropologically or genetically. In addition, it is recognized that the categories of the race item include racial and national origin or socio-cultural groups. People may choose to report more than one race to indicate their racial mixture, such as “American Indian and White.” People who identify their origin as Hispanic, Latino or Spanish may be of any race. In addition, it is recognized that the categories of the race item include both racial and national origin or socio-cultural groups. You may choose more than one race category." -census.gov
Is is because over-simplifying a whole group of people into a false mono-color identity is offensive?
The other check boxes focus on continent of origin, nation of origin, territory of origin and ethnicity. Why?
Would it not be more helpful to know the education background of each family, regardless of their origins?
Or would that be offensive to collect? Does the U.S. care what is offensive to collect?
Here is more of the inconsistent information gathered from the "race" check boxes: