U.S. Census Expanding Race, Ethnicity Options For First Time In Decades

For years, advocates have pushed the Census Bureau for a box for people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. Now, the bureau recommends one. Some worry the data may be misused in surveillance.
For years, advocates have pushed the Census Bureau for a box for people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. Now, the bureau recommends one. Some worry the data may be misused in surveillance.
For years, advocates have pushed the Census Bureau for a box for people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. Now, the bureau recommends one. Some worry the data may be misused in surveillance.
For years, advocates have pushed the Census Bureau for a box for people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. Now, the bureau recommends one. Some worry the data may be misused in surveillance.

U.S. Census Expanding Race, Ethnicity Options For First Time In Decades

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WNYC reporter Shumita Basu joins the Morning Shift to break down all the new changes being discussed for the U.S. Census and the motivation behind the changes.

If the @uscensusbureau makes these changes, I won’t have to check “Other” on a form again! Does it make a difference for you? #NotJustOther pic.twitter.com/j61UpLzEKK

— Shumita Basu (@shubasu) March 7, 2017