Category "Other" in US Census

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Tue Nov 23 18:07:31 UTC 2004

>>From the NYTimes,

'OTHER RACE' STAYS ON THE BOOKS Congress has barred the Census Bureau from
eliminating a racial category used almost exclusively by Hispanics in
2000. Census officials had hoped to eliminate the "some other race"
category from the 2010 questionnaire to encourage Hispanics to choose from
among five standard racial categories - white, black, Asian, American
Indian or Alaska native - and one for natives of Hawaii and the Pacific
Islands. But Hispanic groups, supported by Representative Jose E. Serrano,
Democrat of New York, argued that the change would ignore the evolving
views of race across the country as immigration from Latin America has

Rachel L. Swarns (NYT)

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