New Census Choices: Black, African-American or Caribbean?

 

Some are calling it historic, others say it's controversial. A new bill is calling for the U.S. Census questionnaire to include a new distinction for Caribbean immigrants or Caribbean Americans. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke of New York's 11th congressional district introduced the bill hoping it will be passed and put into action for the 2010 census, according to Caribbean Net News. While some may see this as a separatist way to further chasm African Americans and those from the Caribbean, Clarke's intent is to get Caribbean nationals accurately counted through the Census to determine the total population by each state and thereby allowing the federal and state governments to allocate resources to communities of Caribbean nationals and their descendants.-WLW

Do you think it's really necessary to create a new box for Caribbean Americans on the Census questionnaire?

 

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