Middle Easterners are tired of being considered “white,” apparently.
That’s what they are, of course, in a racial sense. They’re Caucasians. But my goodness, how do you demonstrate you’re an oppressed minority, and line up for those preferences and reparations and lifestyles of the revolutionary and dissatisfied, if you let the U.S. Census call you “white”?
Here’s a thought. Just stop recording anyone’s race in the Census. What difference, at this point, does it make?
And if it does make a difference, that’s a sign we’re doing something wrong. Lighten up on law and regulation, instead of constantly creating new “needs” to inspect the people more and more intrusively.
Exit point: it’s a pathetic condition to be in, if you need the federal government to “recognize” you as a special racial category in order for you to “feel less invisible.” What is government, a social-visibility awards committee? I’m here to tell you, no matter who you are, you won’t like how that one turns out.
From USA Today:
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. …
On Friday, the White House Office of Management and Budget advanced the proposal with a notice in the Federal Register, seeking comments on whether to add Middle Eastern and North African as a separate racial or ethnic category, which groups would be included, and what it should be called.
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