Monday, October 15, 2012

Multiracial Community Slammed by Census Bureau




Census Bureau Slams Multiracial Community

Multiracial people are non-existent at the federal level of government in the United States. A new 31 person Census Advisory Committee was announced late last week, which EXCLUDES anyone from the multiracial advocacy community or even the academics who write about the multiracial experience.

The committee will advise the Census Bureau about racial and ethnic and “other populations.” Represented on the committee include the following populations:
  • Blacks or African-Americans
  • Hispanics/Latinos
  • Middle Easterners
  • Asians
  • Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders
  • American Indians
  • Alaska Natives
  • Homeless
  • Young Children
  • Poverty
  • Social Justice, but not for the multiracial community
  • LGBT Health
  • Privacy advocacy
  • Education

The committee is filled with social policy people, psychologists, social workers, academics and people who have been the darlings of the Census Bureau for years and years. The entire multiracial community should be aware of this and be willing to advocate for the rights of multiracial people in Washington. It would be great if the academics who study the multiracial community actually do something for it. Talk and/or take action, your choice.

We have been in contact with United States Senator Dianne Feinstein about the multiracial community being dismissed by the Census Bureau and OMB, but the Senator has no comment at this time. She is up for reelection and is apparently very busy holding fundraisers; too busy to worry about multiracial children. We urge you to contact your elected officials in Washington, let them know about this situation with the Census Bureau and OMB, and ask for them to represent multiracial children, teens, adults and our families.

Susan Graham
Executive Director
Project RACE

9 comments:

  1. i am trying to tweet the link to this but it won't work.

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  2. It is truly reprehensible that the Census Bureau would do this. It is pathetic that the multiracial community isn't outraged by it. No other community would stand for it.

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  3. Karson, The link should work. Try it again.

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  4. I find it sadly ironic that the Census Bureau is completely ignoring the very segment of our population that they have found to be the fastest growing.

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  5. With 31 positions, the "fastest growing" multiracial population couldn't get ONE?

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  6. I would like to contact my representatives. Can you possibly help us with a script or sample letter?

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  7. are they really that out of touch?

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  8. Do you know how long a committee term lasts? Wondering when we will have another shot at getting representation on this committee?

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  9. We will write and post a sample letter soon. Patricia, they will only tell us that some of the terms last longer than others, but that is all.

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