If the Obama regime has its way, there’ll be a new “race” of people on planet Earth — Middle Eastern or North African — USA Today reported on Sunday.
According to USA Today:
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.
“What it does is it helps these communities feel less invisible,” said Helen Samhan of the Arab American Institute, which has been advocating the change for more than 30 years. “It’s a good step, a positive step.”
The White House Office of Management and Budget advanced the idea on Friday with a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments from the public.
If it happens, USA Today said it would be the biggest realignment of federal racial definitions in decades, and it would have far-reaching implications.
USA Today explained:
Adding a box on the census form could have implications beyond racial identity. According to the White House notice, the new data could be used for a wide range of political and policy purposes, including:
• Enforcing the Voting Rights Act and drawing congressional and state legislative district boundaries;
• Establishing federal affirmative action plans and evaluating claims of employment discrimination in employment in the private sector;
• Monitoring discrimination in housing, mortgage lending and credit;
• Enforcing school desegregation policies; and
• Helping minority-owned small businesses get federal grants and loans.
Adding the classification also would help the government and independent scholars understand more about trends in health, employment and education.
It’s interesting to note the announcement in the Federal Register includes this important line: “The racial and ethnic categories set forth in the standard should not be interpreted as being scientific or anthropological in nature.”
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